Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado gave Colombia a convincing 3-0 win on Sunday against Poland, who were eliminated from contention at the World Cup before their last Group H match. Japan and Senegal, who both picked up wins in their first games, drew 2-2 earlier on Sunday and are in a battle with Colombia to qualify for the knockout stage. Mina headed home from close range in the 40th minute when midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero caught the Poland defence off guard from a short corner with a smart clipped pass to James Rodriguez who whipped it in first time with his left foot. Quintero's defence-splitting pass then gave captain Falcao, who missed the 2014 tournament due to injury, his first World Cup goal in the 70th, while Rodriguez got his second assist five minutes later when he set up Cuadrado to make it 3-0. Poland - Colombia Live Score Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore
Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, state-run al-Ikhbariya television said. The attack is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December. The Houthis' al-Masira television said that rockets were aimed at Saudi defence ministry and other targets in the Saudi capital. Reuters could not verify the report independently. "The missile force confirms that 'Burkan'(Volcano)rockets hit their targets in Riyadh with high precision," it added, without specifying. At least six loud blasts were heard and bright flashes were seen in the sky over Riyadh, and puffs of smoke were visible above the city, a Reuters witness said. There were no reported casualties or damage immediately, but there was shrapnel on a street in the diplomatic quarter where most embassies are located and many foreigners live, a Reuters witness said. A high security presence was spotted in the neighbourhood, in addition to fire trucks, the witness added. Security personnel prevented people from entering the district. There was no immediate comment from the Saudi authorities or from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen...
Japan twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Senegal in their World Cup Group H encounter on Sunday. Goals from Senegal captain Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague were matched by strikes from Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda for the Samurai Blue. Senegal took the lead in the 11th minute when Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima punched a cross into Mane’s leg and the ball bounced back over the line and in, before Inui’s curled finish on 34 minutes meant the sides went in level at the break. Wague’s powerful shot into the roof of the net on 64 minutes looked to have secured the points for Senegal, but Japan substitute Honda turned in a brilliant Inui pull-back with 12 minutes remaining to give the Asian side a share of the points. The draw means both nations go into the final round of matches on four points at the top of the group. Japan - Senegal Live Score
There is a willingness among EU nations for some operational changes on migration, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at the end of an informal EU summit on the subject on Thursday afternoon. In initial reactions to the summit, the Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel said progress was possible when the subject is taken up against in a formal summit on Thursday. During the summit, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italy wants all European Union countries to accept their share of economic migrants entering the bloc, or get less EU money. "Each state establishes entry quotas for economic migrants," a document prepared by Italy says. "It is a principle that must be respected, but adequate countermeasures must be provided for funding with respect to states that do not offer welcome to refugees," it said. The document makes clear that Italy wants changes to the so-called Dublin regulation, which sets out EU rules for handling asylum seekers and migrants coming to the EU. The rules now say that the country where the asylum seeker enters the EU is responsible for handling his or her asylum request. "Those who arrive in Italy, land in Europe," the document says, specifically...
Italy is seeking to have seven boats carrying roughly 1,000 migrants needing rescue off Libya taken back to North Africa, according to a Spanish aid group. Proactiva Open Arms, which has rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean, said the Italians want the Libyan coast guard to conduct the rescues and return the migrants. Proactiva said in a tweet that Italian coast guard authorities who coordinate rescues sent out advisories to all ships in the area but told the aid group: "We don't need your help." Italy, under a new anti-migrant government, has refused to let aid groups dock in Italian ports, arguing they are encouraging smugglers. But Italy's rescue coordination centre had still engaged with the groups at sea during actual rescues up until Sunday. Italy's populist 5-Star Movement demands that European countries act to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants on the continent, warning that the future of Europe is at stake. The 5-Stars, who are in a ruling coalition with the anti-migrant League party, penned a blog entitled The Migrant Hypocrisy Sinks Europe as EU leaders met in Brussels on migration. The post complained that few countries came close to...
Peter* only learnt how to communicate with other children at the age of 10, when he was uprooted from his village and hosted at a home for youngsters with challenging behaviour. The move presented a big challenge to the “rebellious” boy, but it was crucial for him to start coping with the depression that had gripped him at such a young age. Peter is one of 34 children who could easily have been shunned by society, or admitted to a mental health hospital, but was instead given one-on-one care by Richmond Foundation’s Kids In Development (KIDs) residential programme. A decade from its conception, the home that hosts this programme is relocating from Żejtun to Ħamrun and Richmond needs help for refurbishment – whether financial or in kind. The professionals that work at KIDs help children who have experienced severe emotional and behavioural difficulties develop healthy attachments, a sense of self-worth and personal development in a safe environment. Ten years after he set foot in the home, Peter told The Sunday Times of Malta that although at the time he did not appreciate his move there, if he had to relive the experience now, he would do it all over again. “Nowadays I realise...
Updated 9.45pm - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. However, the main opposition party said it was too early to concede defeat and said it believed Erdogan could still fall short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff on July 8. "Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts," he said in a short speech from Istanbul. "I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure." Sunday's vote ushers in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule. An unexpectedly strong showing by the AK Party's alliance partner, the nationalist MHP, could translate into a stable parliamentary majority Erdogan seeks to govern freely. In early trading in Asia the lira currency firmed modestly against the dollar on the prospect of increased political stability. Erdogan's main presidential rival, Muharrem...
The nurses’ union has issued a series of directives to its members that will come into force in the coming days, following a breakdown of negotiations on the sectoral agreement. In an e-mail to members circulated this week, Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses secretary general Colin Galea said while the date for the action would be announced soon, members should be aware of the directives “to be prepared”. “We need to be effective. It is high time to stand up and be counted,” Mr Galea said in the e-mail, seen by this newspaper, adding that the directives applied to both nurses and midwives on their normal duty, as well as those working overtime. When the directive comes into force, nurses and midwives at Mater Dei Hospital will not participate in the washing of patients except for those patients that cannot be bed bathed by the support staff due to their serious medical conditions, will not participate in nappy changes and ambulation of patients throughout day and night duties and will not participate in ward rounds. They have also been instructed not to distribute food or participate in any audit or perform any job shadowing. Nurses will also not be transferring patients...
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix from pole position for Mercedes on Sunday to retake the overall lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth after a first lap collision. The victory was the 65th of Hamilton's F1 career but the Briton's first in France, which was returning to the calendar after a 10-year absence. He now leads Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races. Red Bull's Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen took the chequered flag in second place with Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium for Ferrari.
Ronald Muscat Azzopardi uses his trained eye both for his architectural profession and his passion for old cars, Joseph Busuttil from the Old Motors Club says. As an experienced and busy architect, Ronald Muscat Azzopardi is frequently asked to visit the homes of clients who need his services. As he goes around inspecting a building, this very task-oriented professional goes straight to the core of the job required, wasting no time in petty conversation or any other aspect that may distract his focused objective. That is, until his observant eyes fall upon a covered vehicle gathering dust in some garage. Then his old motor instinct takes over, a gut feeling senses the aura of an auto of yesteryear, and now the thought uppermost in his mind is to diplomatically ask his client what lies beneath. “I have had an attraction to old cars from an early age, although in my family there was never any tendency in this direction,” starts Muscat Azzopardi. “Furthermore my father Dominic, who was a headmaster, never even owned a car.” As a student, Muscat Azzopardi bought his first car, a 1963 dark blue Fiat 850, which he kept for a number of years. His eyes then fell on another vehicle that...
A motorcyclist died this afternoon after losing control of the bike he was riding in the tunnels near the University, the police said.The police initially said that the biker, a 43-year-old of Balzan was certified dead on site, but in another statement said he died at Mater Dei Hospital. The accident happened at around 4pm.He is the 12th road victim of the year.A woman, who was riding pillion, was taken to hospital for treatment. The police later said that the woman, a 30-year-old from Poland, is being treated for grievous injuries.Magistrate Monica Vella is conducting an inquiry.
The Italian government stepped up its efforts to discourage migration Sunday by telling a Spanish aid group it didn't need help rescuing 1,000 migrants from six dinghies because it had passed responsibility for the Mediterranean Sea mission to Libya's coast guard.The hard-line interior minister in Italy's new populist government, Matteo Salvini, said it was appropriate for the Libyans to take charge of the rescue "without the NGO vessels interrupting and disturbing them."Since taking office at the beginning of the month, Salvini has launched a crackdown on private European-flagged rescue ships. He ignited a continentwide debate by refusing them ports to disembark their migrant passengers, accusing aid groups of effectively working as taxis for Libya-based people smugglers.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte brought a proposal for revamping how the European Union manages migration to an emergency leaders' meeting Sunday in Brussels. Salvini plans to go to Libya on Monday.Amid the flurry of diplomacy, the rescue ship of German aid group Mission Lifeline remained stranded Sunday off Malta with 234 migrants aboard and no port at which to dock after both Italy and Malta refused to give authorization. And Danish-flagged commercial liner Alexander Maersk remained off Sicily's coast waiting for a port to disembark the more than 100 people it had rescued."Dear Matteo Salvini, we have no meat on board, but humans," said a tweet on Mission Lifeline's account. "We cordially invite you to convince yourself that it is people we have saved from drowning."A new emergency was unfolding Sunday. Spain's Proactiva Open Arms, an aid group whose ship has rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean, raised the alarm that Italy's coast guard had received distress calls from a half-dozen migrant boats carrying a total of around 1,000 people.In a tweet, Proactiva said the Italian coast guard sent out a general advisory to all ships in the area but told the group's crew: "We don't need your help."The Italian coast guard acknowledged it had received the distress call and sent out an advisory, but said it handed off the rescue operation to Libyan coast guard authorities, who assumed responsibility.Salvini said the private aid groups, whom he accuses of being financed by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, "should know that Italian ports are and will be closed."Before Italy's new coalition government was installed, Italy already worked to bolster the Libyan coast guard's ability to patrol its coasts and to bring back migrants who launched from its shores.Human rights organizations have criticized the practice, alleging that migrants are abused in Libya and the North African country hardly constitutes a "safe" port of call, as called for by international law.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the European leaders' meeting in Brussels "was better than expected. There was some progress. We all spoke our minds in a very clear manner."I do hope that it has served the purpose to make us understand the situation better before the EU summit next week. I am totally against going again in the direction of high-level declarations. What we need is operational action. There are people at sea right now. If we do not take decisions in the coming days the situation will escalate. "What we converged on today is a signal that there is a willingness to go for some operational changes, Muscat said at the end of the summit.A number of EU countries, including Malta, are meeting in Brussels after the latest migration standoff between Malta and Italy, this time involving the Search and Rescue ship Lifeline, which has some 230 rescued migrants onboard. Speaking to the press before the start of the summit, Muscat said: “We are coming to this meeting with an open mind. We hope that everyone around the table adopts the same attitude. The situation is precarious and we are witnessing it first hand in the Mediterranean. I do not think this is a time for finger pointing. Our people are looking at us to find solutions. It is not about a blame game. It’s not about running around the room with the usual stuff. We need to come up with concrete solutions. We will make some proposals with the hope that everyone will be willing to listen.” Facing a domestic political crisis in Germany over the topic, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be seeking to get EU leaders to forge a joint approach to manage the influx of migrants and refugees, a divisive issue which is now back at the heart of the EU too.There are deep divisions over who should take responsibility for arriving migrants, how long they should be required to accommodate them, and what should be done to help those EU countries hardest hit like Italy and Greece."It's time for Europe to find itself again in the principles that everyone preaches, but few sincerely practice," the party said, adding "the future of Europe as a political community" is at stake.Looking for common ground among a few key nations, the informal mini-summit now involves about 16 member states, as others demanded to take part.And to further complicate matters, four eastern EU countries — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — refused to attend and reject taking in migrants in general. It means that whatever is agreed upon Sunday, it would still face a full test when the full two-day EU summit starts Thursday.Two issues have brought the crisis back to haunt the leaders: In Germany, Christian Democrat coalition partners CDU and CSU are haggling over the right approach in what is seen as one of the toughest challenges Merkel has faced in her entire political career.In Italy, the new populist government caused a fight with Malta and France over who should take responsibility for 630 people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the main departure point for people trying to reach Europe. Amid the mud-slinging, Spain's new Socialist government agreed to take charge of the migrants last weekend.On Saturday, Spain also announced it had rescued 569 more migrants at sea, many from boats in the Strait of Gibraltar, a busy shipping lane with treacherous currents.But Italy and Malta were at it again Saturday, refusing to let a German rescue ship with 234 migrants dock. The German aid group said a cargo vessel, the Alexander Maersk, had another 113 migrants and was also waiting for a port to receive them.One of the key accomplishments of the EU is the Schengen free travel zone and some fear that closing internal borders between EU nations to keep migrants out would undermine that cornerstone of EU cooperation."We want to have real controls at the external borders to make sure we can safeguard the free travel zone of Schengen," said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.Live updates7:40 p.m.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says emergency talks European leaders held on migration didn't yield any decisions but that the participants agreed they need to work together on the politically fraught issue.Sanchez told reporters that Sunday's meeting involving the heads of at least 16 EU countries were "frank and open," but "we don't have any concrete consequences or conclusions."He says: "Everyone agreed on the need to have a European vision; a common position on a common challenge."As the meeting got started, several countries threw their weight behind the idea of setting up migrant reception centers in Africa to screen asylum-seekers before they depart for Europe.7:20 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a summit of 16 European Union countries has created "a lot of goodwill" to discuss EU disagreements on migration.Merkel and 15 other European leaders met in Brussels on Sunday to tackle the immigration policies that have divided the bloc since more than 1 million migrants arrived in 2015.The German chancellor said the summit participants agreed that Europe's outer borders need to be better protected to keep people from entering illegally and that "all countries should share all the burdens" related to migration.Merkel says the countries that most migrants reach first shouldn't be left alone to deal with the influx and that it also shouldn't be up to newcomers to decide in which European country they get to apply for asylum.5:50 p.m.Italy's coast guard is responding a Spanish aid group's criticism of having its offer to help rescue some 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea declined, saying the responsibility for coordinating the rescue has been handed off to Libya.Italian coast guard officials said they received distress calls from six different migrant boats Sunday that were in Libya's search-and-rescue territory. The Italians said they alerted ships in the area and formally advised the Libyan coast guard, which officially took over the rescue.Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms complained that Italy's coast guard declined its offer of help.Italy's hard-line new government has refused to let aid groups' rescue ships dock, arguing that they are serving as taxi services for Libyan-based human traffickers. Italy has also sought to bolster the Libyan coast guard's patrol capacity, but human rights organizations say Libya isn't a safe place for migrants.5:15 p.m.The Italian government's proposal for revamping how Europe manages migration calls for creating "international protection centers" that would screen asylum requests in common countries of transit.The 10-point plan Premier Giuseppe Conte presented at an emergency meeting in Brussels on Sunday also seeks more European Union support to help the Libyan coast guard better patrol its coasts for departing migrant boats.The plan argues that existing European asylum rules are obsolete and "paradoxical." The regulation effectively means migrants can only apply for asylum in the European country where they first arrive, usually Italy or Greece.The Italian proposal says other European countries must create welcome centers for asylum-seekers so the burden is dispersed.It also calls for EU investment in migrants' home countries, presumably as a way to persuade them to stay.4:45 p.m.Italy's firebrand interior minister is defending Italy's decision to ask the Libyan coast guard to rescue an estimated 1,000 migrants without the help of aid groups.Matteo Salvini was responding to the alarm raised by Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms, which said Italian coast guard authorities had declined their offer to come to the migrants' rescue.In a tweet Sunday, Salvini said: "It's right that the Libyan authorities intervene, as they've been doing for days, without having the NGOs interrupt them and disturb them."Barcelona Mayor Ada Colao, who previously offered Barcelona as a port when Italy refused entry to another aid group's rescue ship, repeated her willingness to take in the migrants and urged Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to intervene to allow Proactiva's ship to "save lives."She said: "Italy wants to leave the migrants in the hands of Libya, where they torture, rape and enslave" migrants.4:35 p.m.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is urging his European Union partners to help Spain deal with the arrival of thousands of migrants from Africa across the Mediterranean Sea.Sanchez said Sunday that he will request "the support of our comrades, of our state members, in order to control better the flow that we are suffering nowadays from the western Mediterranean."Spain has seen a sharp rise in migrant arrivals. The U.N.'s refugee agency says around 40,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, some 16,000 in Italy, 12,000 in Greece and 12,000 in Spain.4:10 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron is saying that any solution to immigration should be based on the human rights and solidarity principles that the European Union stands for. Speaking as he came into the EU's informal mini-summit Sunday on migration, Macron said if no deal could be found among all 28 EU nations, a smaller group of them could push ahead to deal with the issue. Migration across the Mediterranean Sea is down sharply from last year but it is dominating Europe's political agenda.As such, he echoed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was also calling for bi- and trilateral agreements among member states to make progress now. The core of any agreement though, he said, must be the steadfast respect of human rights. "The values of Europe are the respect for human rights and individuals, the respect for nations and their integrity. It is the solidiarty that holds us together," he said. 3:50 p.m.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has accused Italy's new populist government of being "anti-European" in its immigration policies by putting national self-interests ahead of efforts to forge a united front in the European Union.But he also notes that other EU countries have failed to help Italy cope with the arrivals of large numbers of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.Sanchez tells the El Pais newspaper the EU's biggest challenge at the moment is "europhobia," as some EU members shrink from agreeing on common policies.His comments come as EU leaders gather in Brussels to discuss a more unified approach to migration.Spain's new center-left government is taking a more open stance on migration, including extending public health care to undocumented foreigners.3:45 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying expectations that the EU summit next Thursday will be able to come to a full agreement on how to deal with migration.Merkel instead is pushing for bilateral and trilateral deals to cope with the immediate emergencies with migrants coming into Europe.Merkel, speaking as she entered Sunday's mini-summit of 16 of 28 EU nations in Brussels, says EU nations have to see "how can we help each other without always having to wait for all 28, but by thinking what's important to whom."Instead of difficult overall deals among all member states, she says "it is also about bi and trilateral agreements for mutual benefit."3:35 p.m.Italy is presenting what it says is a radical new proposal for Europe to handle migration that it says should replace the existing regulation that determines how asylum claims are handled.Premier Giuseppe Conte is unveiling his strategy for migration at a meeting Sunday in Brussels with 15 other EU countries. He said the plan represents a "paradigm change" in the divisive issue.Without giving details, Conte said the Italian plan is "efficient and sustainable." He said it would replace the Dublin regulation on asylum — that migrants must ask for asylum in the EU nation where they land — which he said was negotiated as an emergency solution.He said the Italian plan seeks to "confront the problem in a structural way."Conte has previously said the Italian proposal calls for creating "hotspots" in the most common homelands for migrants and in transit nations to identify asylum candidates.3:25 p.m.A Spanish aid group that has rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea says there are seven boats with about 1,000 migrants aboard in need of rescue off Libya's coast, but that Italy has declined its offer of help.Proactiva Open Arms says in a tweet Sunday that Italian coast guard authorities who coordinate rescues sent out advisories to all ships in the area but told Proactiva: "We don't need your help."Proactiva says Italy is seeking to have the Libyan coast guard conduct the rescues and bring the migrants back to North Africa.Under its new anti-migrant government, Italy has refused to let aid groups dock in Italian ports, arguing they are encouraging smugglers. Up until Sunday, Italy's rescue coordination center had still engaged with the groups at sea during actual rescues.There was no answer Sunday at the Italian coast guard.2:45 p.m.Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is demanding that European countries step up and actually take action to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants on the continent, warning that the future of Europe is at stake.The 5-Stars, who are in a ruling coalition with the anti-migrant League party, penned a blog Sunday titled "The migrant hypocrisy sinks Europe" as EU leaders met in Brussels on migration.The post complained that few countries even came close to accepting the redistributed migrants they pledged to under a failed 2015 EU plan to ease the burden on Italy and Greece.The post said: "It's time for Europe to find itself again in the principles that everyone preaches, but few sincerely practice," saying what is at stake is "the future of Europe as a political community and its values."
The government this afternoon announced that three magistrates will be promoted to judges, while three lawyers will be appointed magistrates.The three magistrates set for promotion are Anthony J. Vella, Consuelo Scerri Herrera and Grazio Mercieca.Vella is conducting the magisterial inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, which means that his work will have to be continued by another magistrate.The three new magistrates will be Rachel Montebello, Simone Grech and Astrid May Grima. For the first time, there will be a majority of women in the judiciary, 23, while the number of men is 22.Dr Anthony J. VellaMagistrate Vella, born in 1965, graduated as a lawyer in 1991. He was appointed magistrate in January 2004. He is married with two children.Dr Consuelo Scerri HerreraMagistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera was born in 1964 and graduated as a lawyer in 1988. She was appointed magistrate in May 1997. She has three children. Scerri Herrera's promotion had initially been rejected by the Commission for the Administration of Justice, but a proposal for her promotion was re-submitted after the appointment of a new Chief Justice.Dr Grazio MerciecaMagistrate Grazio Mercieca, born in 1957, became a lawyer in 1982. He was appointed magistrate in 2016. He is married with three children and is a grandfather of two.Dr Rachel MontebelloDr Rachel Montebello was born in 1975 an graduated as a lawyer in 2000. She is a mother of twins.Dr Simone GrechDr Simone Grech was born in 1980 and became a lawyer in 2005. She is married and has two children.Dr Astrid May GrimaDr Astrid May Grima, born in 1974, became a lawyer in 2007. She has a son.
In the first acknowledgement that there may be a state aid problem with the government support given to Crane Currency, the European Commission has confirmed it has asked the Maltese government to “prove” that aid given to the company to set up shop in Malta was lawfully granted.The Commission has also said it is “clarifying the facts with the Maltese authorities in order to assess the legal situation”, suggesting the possibility of future infringement proceedings on the matter.European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager this week said: “The Commission is aware of the allegations regarding support measures to attract the US company Crane Currency to invest in Malta. “Since the first press information in December 2016, as well as in 2017 and 2018, the Commission has been actively investigating the alleged support measures. “In this context, the Commission invited the Maltese authorities to provide all necessary information to prove that the potential aid was lawfully granted and is currently further clarifying the facts with the Maltese authorities in order to assess the legal situation.”Back in September 2016 when the deal was signed, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had said his chief of staff Keith Schembri “was the catalyst in making sure that things get done” insofar as this deal is concerned.Concerns over a conflict of interest on Schembri’s part were flagged at the time after allegations that his company, the Kasco Group, which he owns, could be the suppliers of millions of euros of printing machinery for the company and he was personally involved in brokering the deal in Boston, along with the Prime Minister, in September 2016.Schembri at the time had explained that the Kasco Group would not be supplying Crane Currency (photo above shows PM at the launch of the company in Malta) with any machinery for its US$100 million Maltese facility, but the company could carry out servicing for the American currency printing company.Mr Schembri had confirmed that, “No company in the Kasco Group will be supplying Crane Currency with any machinery. Having knowledge of the industry, I can confirm that currency printing machinery requires strict security features and specifications and therefore such machinery is not acquired through third parties but directly from the manufacturer.”But Mr Schembri had gone on to explain: “For the sake of completeness, if Crane Currency does ultimately procure machinery from Komori, Kasco Group, being the agents of Komori for the last eight years, and having the necessary know how, may be tasked with the servicing thereof, as has been the case with another company in the currency industry in Malta.”Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has also said he saw no conflict of interest in having a currency printing company setting up shop in Malta and acquiring its printing machines from a company co-owned by Schembri.Muscat had insisted that Schembri had not been involved in the negotiations, saying that the discussions had been led by Malta Enterprise. However, on the other hand, Muscat thanked his chief of staff for his role in helping secure the contract.But not everyone was assuaged by such explanations.The Nationalist Party, Partit Demokratiku and even former Prime Minister and current Labour MEP Alfred Sant have all questioned the deal and the incentives given to Crane to open up in Malta.Vestager’s comments this week, in fact, came in reply to questions tabled by a Socialist MEP in the European Parliament.French S&D MEP Hugues Bayet had asked the European Commission whether it is looking into the possibility that European Union state aid rules were broken when Crane Currency set up shop in Malta.Bayet observed that the Maltese government and Malta Enterprise have officially refused to provide information on the aid granted to Crane Currency, citing ‘secret and confidential’ reasons. “Nevertheless, there is information pointing to the fact that, in addition to the incentive measures from which the undertaking has benefitted the government has guaranteed most of its loans.”The MEP also pointed out that Crane Currency will receive an interest subsidy of up to three per cent on the loan granted by Bank of Valletta.He also asked whether this state aid is legal under EU competition law, and whether the Commission has taken any initiative to investigate this matter. It now seems that it has.Back in October, Paul Zahra, chairman of the government-appointed state aid monitoring board, had told Times of Malta in reply to questions on the specifics of the assistance given by the government to Crane Currency that: “As is the norm in any other case, details of the specific assistance is protected by the relevant provisions in the Malta Enterprise Act and the Business Promotion Act.”It was postulated, however, that Maltese taxpayers would fork out around €81 million of the €100 million investment, through different forms of state aid.The newspaper had reported at the time that in addition to financing the €27 million printing facility on public land in Hal Far, Malta Enterprise also agreed to guarantee 75 per cent of a €71 million loan (equivalent to €54 million) given to Crane Currency by Bank of Valletta to purchase equipment and finance installation.Another subsidy of up to three per cent on interest payable by the company on its local bank loans, as mentioned by the MEP, was another problematic issue.According to Malta Enterprise, Crane is expected to employ some 300 workers in its first years of operation and will be contributing to the Maltese economy through the purchase of raw printing material and equipment through local agents, areas in which the Kasco Group operates.Writing in The Malta Independent last December, Sant said that although he had not had reservations when the deal was first announced, recent developments, including the sale of the company for US$800 million in the meantime, “gives rise to reservations”.He had said that his reservations were not related to the sale of the American company itself but to the explanation given: “We have been told that the sale was so attractive to the company that took Crane over because the deal the latter had finalised in Malta actually drove its real value to a much higher level than that shown in its audited financial accounts.”Sant asked "what was going on?"“In order to promote new industries in Malta as a member of the EU, shall we need to extend ‘subsidies’ to foreign investment that are way too high?”
The idea of screening Europe-bound asylum-seekers in North Africa and the Balkans gained support from several European Union leaders Sunday as tensions over how best to handle new arrivals threatened to undermine the bloc's unity.At emergency talks in Brussels, a group of 16 countries led by France and Germany were thrashing out who should take responsibility for the thousands of migrants landing primarily in Italy, Greece and Spain, how long they should take care of them and how much their European partners should do to help out.Failure to agree on how to deal with the challenge of migration threatens the EU's border-free travel area, one of the biggest accomplishments in the bloc's 60-year history.The number of people arriving in Europe has dropped significantly this year — the U.N.'s refugee agency forecasts around 80,000 people will enter by sea in 2018 if current trends continue — but the EU's political turmoil over the topic has soared. Anti-migrant parties — and governments in Hungary and Italy — have been fomenting public fears of foreigners and have won support doing so.Encouraged by a deal with Turkey that has slashed migrant arrivals from there by 97 percent since 2015 — when hundreds of thousands of people entered, mostly migrants fleeing war in Syria and Iraq — the 28-nation EU is ready to greenlight plans to set up screening centers in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.Plans to set up migrant reception centers in Albania are also under discussion.French President Emmanuel Macron said "the method that we are going to adopt" would involve "working together vis a vis the countries of transit and origin outside the European Union." He mentioned Libya — the main jumping off point for countries bound for Europe — other African countries and the Balkans.Noting that migrant arrivals have dropped significantly, Macron said: "it's a political crisis that Europe and the European Union is mostly living today."The prime ministers of Denmark, Belgium and Luxembourg also backed the idea of outsourcing the effort to tame migration, although they emphasized the need to respect international law.The International Organization for Migration and the UNHCR are cautious about setting up "hotspots" outside of Europe to filter people fleeing violence at home from those trying to get to the continent to improve their lives economically. No country has so far agreed to host any screening centers, according to the EU's top migration official.It's also unclear how much the effort would cost, but the EU-Turkey deal has so far cost more than 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion).German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is battling a domestic political crisis with her coalition partners over migration, played down hopes that a full EU summit starting on Thursday will clinch any comprehensive agreement on how to deal with migration.Merkel instead is pushing for bilateral and trilateral deals to cope with short-term migration pressures. EU nations, Merkel said, have to see "how can we help each other without always having to wait for all 28, but by thinking what's important to whom.""It is also about bi- and trilateral agreements for mutual benefit," she said. France's Macron also supported the idea of members acting in smaller groups.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he would propose a plan representing a "paradigm change" in how Europe manages migration. Conte said it would replace the current migration rules — known as the Dublin Regulations — which insist that migrants must apply for asylum in the first European country they land in.Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged his EU partners to help Spain deal with a growing number of arrivals across the Mediterranean Sea. The UNHCR says around 40,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, some 16,000 in Italy, 12,000 in Greece and 12,000 in Spain.His appeal came as migration tensions surged on the Mediterranean itself.A Spanish aid group that has rescued thousands of migrants from the Mediterranean said Italy had declined its offer to help seven smugglers' boats carrying about 1,000 migrants in need of rescue off Libya's coast. Proactiva Open Arms says in a tweet Sunday that Italy is seeking to have the Libyan coast guard force the migrants back to North Africa.Aid groups say conditions for migrants on the shores of lawless Libya are atrocious and accuse Italy of being complicit in the abuse of those migrants.Tensions between Italy and Malta also flared, with both EU nations refusing to let a German rescue ship with 234 migrants aboard dock at their ports.Malta's home affairs minister, Michael Farrugia, and Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, engaged in a Twitter war of words Sunday over which country was being more "inhuman" about the fate of the Lifeline and its passengers.Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat sought to lower the rhetoric as he arrived Sunday in Brussels, saying now was not the time for a "blame game."Under its new anti-migrant government, Italy has refused to let humanitarian aid boats dock in Italian ports, arguing that they are only encouraging smugglers in North Africa.As with everything linked to migration in Europe, even the meeting in Brussels has not pleased everybody. Four eastern EU countries — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — refused to attend and reject taking in migrants in general.That means that whatever is agreed upon Sunday, it would still face a full test when the full two-day EU summit starts Thursday.
Tensions between Italy and Malta are flaring anew over the fate of a German rescue ship with 234 migrants aboard that has been denied a port to disembark them.Malta's home affairs minister, Michael Farrugia, and Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, engaged in a Twitter war of words Sunday over which country was being more "inhuman" about the fate of the Lifeline and its passengers.Italy has demanded Malta let the Lifeline dock since it's currently in Maltese waters. Farrugia tweeted Sunday "Why weren't they allowed to dock immediately in Italy, like Italy is now asking Malta? That's the true inhumanity."Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat sought to lower the rhetoric as he arrived Sunday in Brussels for a migration meeting, saying now was not the time for a "blame game."For its part, the Lifeline issued a tweet to Italy's hardline interior minister: "Dear Matteo Salvini, we have no meat on board, but humans. We cordially invite you to convince yourself that it is people we have saved from drowning."
The Planning Authority has filed an application to excavate inside a Grade 1 scheduled bastion, in order to create an opening for what seems to be a planned staircase from one of its office buildings to a car park below.Grade 1 property enjoys the maximum level of protection. Currently, one needs to walk just a little further down the main PA entrance ramp and down the road to reach the car park in question from the main PA office area.The full planning application is for the demolition of existing enforcement block offices, retaining the external façade and loggia. It also includes the “reconstruction of ground and first floor offices and the construction of receded second floor offices”. The proposal continues “the incision and excavation within bastion to accommodate access to appeals car park.” The site is the PA offices at St Francis Ravelin in Floriana.The application was filed on 2 April 2018 by Kevin Portelli, who was promoted to the position of Director with the PA just days ago.This newsroom asked the Planning Authority a number of questions, including a request for clarification and to state exactly what kind of intervention into the bastion the PA is proposing.In response a PA official said: “Further to your query kindly note that the proposal in the planning application was only submitted after the Planning Authority, which in this case is the applicant, consulted the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage.”Questions were also sent to the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage for its opinion on this proposal, however no answer had been received by the time this article went to print.The public application form does not list it as a scheduled site, but does list it as being Outside Development Zone. However, the Planning Authority’s geoserver, as well as the corresponding maps show otherwise: that the bastion is a Grade 1 protected military bastion. Due to this situation, one of the questions asked by this newsroom to the PA sought clarification as per the scheduling of the bastion, however no response to that question was given, and thus this newsroom took that to mean that the PA’s geoserver and maps are correct and up-to-date, meaning that the bastion in question is indeed Grade 1 scheduled.A heritage expert speaking with this newsroom was appalled at the wanton disregard for invaluable historical sites such as these Grade 1 bastions: “The fact that it is the PA itself which wants to hack out a large part of it displays reckless disregard for our heritage.”One objection letter has already been filed by Flimkien Ghal Ambjent which states: “The application includes an incision into the bastion to form a staircase and doorway to car park. The bastion is a Grade 1 Scheduled Building and if approved, this will be a precedent to grant permission to anyone to start hacking away at the bastions and to hollow them out from within to provide means of access and/or commercial facilities. “The integrity of Grade 1 Scheduled buildings must be respected fully and not impinged upon by interventions which damage and distort the physical and material fabric of these historical gems.”Photos Alenka Falzon
Harry Kane scored a hat trick to help England to its most one-sided World Cup victory, a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday that secured a place in the last 16 with a game to spare.John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another. England's previous high for goals in a World Cup match was set in its 4-2 victory over Germany in 1966 final.Two of Kane's goals came from the penalty spot and the third via his heel. He leads the tournament with five goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.England goes into the Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference after conceding a late goal against Panama, which was eliminated after two matches in its World Cup debut.
Senegal twice took the lead. Japan tied it up both times.Keisuke Honda came off the bench and scored from close range in the 78th minute to give the Japanese a 2-2 draw with Senegal on Sunday at the World Cup.The draw keeps the two teams at the top of Group H ahead of their final matches.Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute, deflecting the ball into the net for his first World Cup goal, but Takashi Inui equalized with a well-placed shot from inside the area in the 34th.Moussa Wague restored Senegal's lead in the 71st minute. Honda came on the field a minute later and evened the score.In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.
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Bħalissa jinsab Malta Evgeny Afineevsky, direttur ċinematografiku Amerikan ta’ nisel Russu. Afineevsky jispeċjalizza fil-qasa tad-dokumentarji li fosthom, ‘Cries from Syria’ , ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom’ u ‘Oy Vey! My son is Gay’ huma fost l-aktar magħrufa. Għal 0’Winter on Fire’ huwa kien nominat għall-oscarfil-kategorija ta’ l-aħjar dokumentarju. Dan il-film, tant kien qawwi […] The post Direttur tal-films ta’ fama internazzjonali jasal Malta appeared first on Newsbook.
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Skont rapporti li dehru fil-midja Spanjola, l-għaqda mhux governattiva Proactiva Open Arms infurmat lill-gwardjani tal-kosta Taljana li hemm madwar 1000 ruħ li jinsabu fl-ibħra internazzjonali. Skont l-għaqda Spanjola, l-Italja qed tinsisti biex dawn is-seba’ dgħajjes b’madwar 1000 ruħ jintbgħatu lura fil-Libja. Dan wasal biex is-Sindku ta’ Barċelona Ada Colau kitbet fuq Twitter takkuża lill-Italja li […] The post Aġġornata: Kriżi Immigranti: 1000 oħra jistennew; ‘Sitwazzjoni prekarja’ – Muscat appeared first on Newsbook.
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Harry Kane huwa t-tielet plejer tat-tim Ingliż li qatt skurja hat-trick għall-Ingilterra fil-FIFA World Cup. Iż-żewġ plejers l-oħra kienu Geoff Hurst fl-1966, fejn l-Ingilterra waslu sabiex rebħu t-tazza u Gary Lineker li rnexxielu jagħmel hat-trick fl-edizzjoni tal-1986. Kane huwa plejer professjonali li jilgħab bħala striker fil-league Ingliż mal-klabb Tottenham Hotspur kif ukoll imexxi t-tim Nazzjonali […] The post Kane jiskurja hat-trick appeared first on Newsbook.
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