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  • MIA share price plunges nearly 8% August 10, 2020
    The MSE Equity Price Index opened the week in negative territory as it slid by a further 0.72% to a twenty-week low of 3,752.568 points. The drop was driven by the sharp fall in the share price of MIA which coupled with the declines in BMIT, PG and Harvest outweighed the gains in five other […]
  • Delia, Grech to face off for PN leadership as applications close August 10, 2020
    Lawyer Bernard Grech and PN leader Adrian Delia will face off in the upcoming party leadership election as no other eligible applications were received by the 3pm deadline on Monday.  In a statement, the Nationalist Party’s election commission said the names of the two candidates will now be passed on a party commission for a […]
  • Teens accused of Qrendi murder to face trial August 10, 2020
    Two teens accused of the murder of Saviour Gaffarena and the attempted murder of his 17-year old cousin, Vincent, last month have been sent to trial. Magistrate Nadine Lia delivered a decree on Monday declaring that there was sufficient evidence for both accused to be indicted. [attach id=908523 size="medium" align="left" type="image"]Murder accused Owen Schembri (left) […]
  • Italy fears 'surrounded' by contagious countries August 10, 2020
    Italy sounded the alarm Monday over the rise in coronavirus cases in fellow European countries after a spike in the number of infections discovered among returning Italian holidaymakers. "Not to worry (about new cases from abroad) would be unconscionable," Health Minister Roberto Speranza told the Corriere della Sera daily, which noted: "France, Spain and the […]
  • One of the most reputable licences in the online casino industry  August 10, 2020
    Mention Malta in a conversation, and the more obvious links would be to the island’s 300 days of sunshine, friendly people (and less-than-friendly driving), beautiful beaches and an enviable geographical position.  But in the past few years, Malta has also gained a reputation for punching above its weight in the financial services sector, including having […]
  • Child sex crimes should not be time-barred – children’s commissioner August 10, 2020
    Time-bars on offences involving the sexual abuse of children should be scrapped, the commissioner for children has said. Pauline Miceli said removing the limits would help to get justice for child abuse victims who know their abusers and take years to gain the courage to speak out. As the law stands, crimes are time-barred for […]
  • Balzan FC player test positive for COVID-19 August 10, 2020
    Balzan FC have put their first-team squad in isolation after one of their players tested positive for COVID-19, Times of Malta can confirm. Sources close to the Premier League club said that the player tested positive last weekend and the whole first-team squad has been put into isolation while awaiting to undergo swab tests. Continue […]
  • Sirens to sign Tounkara, Domoraud August 10, 2020
    Sirens have completed the double signing of Samba Tounkare and Wilfried Domoraud from Gżira United. The St Paul’s Bay side are looking to finalise their preparations ahead of their Europa League qualifiers where they were handed a difficult draw after being paired with Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia. Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the […]
  • Pensioner cleared of drug-trafficking conspiracy charges after 19 years August 10, 2020
    A court has cleared a 70-year old pensioner of charges of conspiracy in drug-trafficking 19 years ago after finding no proof to back the prosecution’s case. Angelo Zahra was arrested in July 2001 while meeting another man at a Golden Bay restaurant. The two had been targeted in a police surveillance operation linked to intelligence […]
  • Valletta drawn against Welsh side Bala Town in Europa League August 10, 2020
    There were mixed fortunes for the Maltese teams competing in this season’s Europa League as the draw of the first qualifying round was held on Monday. Valletta were handed a seemingly favourable draw against Welsh side Bala Town while both Hibernians and Sirens face away ties against FC Vaduz, of Liechtenstein, and Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia. […]
  • Prison warden tests positive for COVID-19 August 10, 2020
    A prison warden who accompanied an inmate to Mater Dei Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, the authorities have confirmed. The inmate, flagged by the warden during contact tracing, was also tested for coronavirus but the test result came back negative, a spokesperson for the Home Affairs Ministry told Times of Malta. "Tens" of other […]
  • Hospice Movement gets a government helping hand August 10, 2020
    The Hospice Movement is being handed €1 million by the social solidarity ministry to help it in its support services to patients suffering terminal disease and their relatives. The minister for social development, Michael Falzon, praised the movement for its services and said the government's assistance will also help it train its staff. During the […]
  • Authorities urged to protect rare Bull rays August 10, 2020
    The authorities have been urged to offer protection for the Bull ray 'flying fish', whose number is declining.  Nature Trust - FEE Malta and Sharklab Malta said that as is the case with many other species in the Mediterranean,the Bull ray risks becoming extinct.  It is currently listed as data deficient on the International Union […]
  • GO reports healthy financial position in first six months  August 10, 2020
    GO p.l.c. has published its interim financial statements covering the period January to June 2020, a period that was predominantly characterised by unprecedented events brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite the consequential disruptions both locally and internationally, GO significantly mitigated the impact on its financial performance due to the immediate measures it implemented at […]
  • German government voices 'strong doubts' about Belarus election August 10, 2020
    The German government on Monday voiced "strong doubts" over a disputed presidential vote in Belarus, also condemning the arrests of protesters in post-election demonstrations. "We have strong doubts -- and from our point of view justified doubts -- about the... conduct of these elections," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference. "Minimum standards for […]
  • Cancelled music festivals to get MTA money to cover marketing costs August 10, 2020
    The organisers of four international festivals which were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns will be receiving taxpayer money to cover their marketing expenses.  The Malta Tourism Authority said that this was not a sponsorship, but standard practice for "many" large events intended to draw tourists to Malta. An MTA spokesperson said they could not say […]
  • UEFA say Atletico vs Leipzig match ‘to be played as normal’ August 10, 2020
    UEFA said Monday the Champions League quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Leipzig is “planned to be played as scheduled” on Thursday despite two positive tests for coronavirus at the Spanish club. Atletico on Sunday reported two individuals at the club had tested positive for coronavirus, just days before they face German club Leipzig in Lisbon, […]
  • COVID-19 swabbing hub staff overworked and missing pay, claims worker August 10, 2020
    Workers manning the COVID-19 testing centres are understaffed, unmotivated and unpaid, a Maltese frontliner has said, describing deteriorating working conditions in the local swabbing centres. Martina Agius, a 24-year-old podiatrist who works at a swabbing hub in addition to her regular duties told Times of Malta that centres have been working non-stop to meet the […]
  • Residents campaign to 'save the last tree' on Spinola Road August 10, 2020
    St Julian’s residents are fighting to save the “last surviving tree” on Spinola Road from being chopped down to make space for an extension to a luxury business and residential development. Mayor Albert Buttigieg said the owners of Portomaso development are preparing to "unleash their chainsaws" on the eucalyptus tree. Apart from being the last […]
  • Men deny damaging Paceville nightclub August 10, 2020
    Two clubbers involved in an early morning brawl outside a Paceville club earlier this month, on Monday pleaded not guilty to causing damages to Havana Club, nine days after the violent incident.  Bashar Sheick Ahmad Antar, 18, from Swatar, and Yusef Sheh Ahmad Haled, 28, from San Gwann, were charged with wilfully damaging third party […]