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  • Atalanta down Lazio as Juve also reach Cup semis 27 January 2021
    Aleksey Miranchuk scored the winner as 10-man Atalanta beat Lazio 3-2 in a thrilling Italian Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, while a much-changed Juventus eased past second-tier SPAL to also reach the last four. A dramatic match in Bergamo saw five different goalscorers, a red card and a missed penalty as Atalanta came out on top […]
  • Ħamrun house collapse: paperwork ‘rubber-stamped’ prior to excavations 27 January 2021
    A magisterial inquiry into a fatal building collapse has called out state authorities for simply “rubber-stamping” paperwork submitted prior to excavation works. In a 30-page report, Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit urged the government to begin a heavy recruitment drive at state authorities, such as the Building Regulations Office and the Building and Construction Authority, to […]
  • Protests as Poland adopts near-total ban on abortion 27 January 2021
    A controversial Polish court ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion will come into force on Wednesday, the country's right-wing government said, in an announcement that brought thousands into the streets. The move means that all abortions in Poland will be banned except in cases of rape and incest and when the mother's life […]
  • Appeal court refers case to drug rehabilitation board 27 January 2021
    A man convicted of drug possession may be spared a mandatory effective jail term after a court of appeal upheld his request for referral to the drug offenders’ rehabilitation board. Jotham Saliba, 51, had landed an 18-month effective jail term and a €2,300 fine upon his conviction in 2019 before a Magistrates’ Court that had […]
  • Sasere's hat-trick propels Spartans to convincing victory over Valletta 27 January 2021
    ĦAMRUN SPARTANS   3 Sasere 20, 64, 80 VALLETTA                    0 ĦAMRUN SPARTANS M. Bartolo-6, D. Gojkovic-6.5, M. Guillaumier-7 (86 C. Borg), J. Mbong-7 (88 X. Portelli), J. Ailton Soares-7 (83 D. Borg), F. Sasere-9 (88 M. Laraspata), B. Cittadini-6 (55 I. Adeshina), Elkin Serrano Valero-6.5, J. Corbalan-7, […]
  • House hears more suggestions for electoral reform to prevent 'irrelevance' 27 January 2021
    Nationalist MP Clyde Puli warned Parliament on Wednesday that it would become irrelevant unless MPs got together to push through reform. Speaking during a debate on electoral boundaries, Puli, a former general secretary of the Nationalist Party, said a holistic reform which went far beyond electoral boundaries was needed so that parliament could remain relevant […]
  • Hibernians brush aside Gudja United 27 January 2021
    GUDJA UNITED           1 Elton 90 HIBERNIANS                4 Iriberri 49 Grech 53 pen.; Degabriele 62, 85 GUDJA UNITED G. Zammit-6.5; A. Friggieri-6.5; L. Cremona-5 (59 Vagner-5); G. Mensah-5 (79 J. Brincat); I. Gonzalez-5; Elton da Silva-4; H. Vella-5; G. Adamovic-5; J. Bolanos-5; D. Camilleri-5; P. Mota-5. HIBERNIANS M. Calleja Cremona-6.5; F. Apap-6.5; L. Almeida-6.5; Raphael-6; J. Grech-7.5 […]
  • MPs concerned about Twitter's power to cut off political leaders 27 January 2021
    MPs from both sides of the House on Wednesday voiced concern about the way how Twitter was able to ban (then) President Donald Trump’s account. Minister Owen Bonnici and Nationalist MP Clyde Puli said that while they understood the shameful circumstances which had led Twitter to its decision, the fact that a private company had […]
  • Five car manufacturers that have updated their logo for the digital age 27 January 2021
    Choosing a company logo is a difficult task. Trends come and go, and designers must come up with timeless designs that can be fitted to cars spanning multiple generations, while also portraying the correct brand identity. However, sometimes outside factors encourage change. In recent years, flat design has become the most prominent design trend, because […]
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic condemns racism after spat with Romelu Lukaku 27 January 2021
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic spoke out against racism on Wednesday after a heated exchange with former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku during the Italian Cup quarter-final in which he evoked voodooism. The Milan striker squared up to his Inter counterpart in Tuesday’s match, accusing the Belgian international of using voodoo, according to Italian media reports. On Wednesday […]
  • Turin mayor guilty of negligence for deadly Juventus stampede 27 January 2021
    The mayor of the Italian city of Turin was convicted Wednesday in connection with a deadly stampede at the open-air screening of a Champions League football final in 2017. Chiara Appendino was found guilty of criminal negligence and given a suspended 18-month jail term.  The same sentence was handed to four other defendants, including Turin’s […]
  • Stock Exchange: Malta Properties Company up 4% to €0.53 27 January 2021
    The MSE Equity Price Index eased by 0.06% to 4,034.162 points as the drops in the share prices of RS2 and PG outweighed the gains in four other companies whilst BMIT and MIA traded unchanged. Trading activity contracted markedly to just €0.1 million compared to €0.22 million yesterday. RS2 Software plc shed almost 3% back […]
  • ‘Never again’: Ozil rules out Germany comeback 27 January 2021
    Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil flatly ruled out a comeback for Germany on Wednesday as he signed a three-and-a-half contract with his favourite Turkish side Fenerbahce. “I wish the German national team success, but I will never play for them again,” the 32-year-old attacking midfielder told reporters in fluent Turkish at his official unveiling in […]
  • Police search Navalny's Moscow flats, office ahead of fresh rallies 27 January 2021
    Russian authorities on Wednesday ramped up pressure on the opposition, searching the apartments and offices of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny ahead of new protests called for the weekend to demand his release. Ivan Zhdanov, the head of Navalny's FBK Anti-Corruption Foundation, said police were searching flats linked to Navalny and the foundation's offices for […]
  • Man found guilty of fatal stabbing has court expert fees bill slashed 27 January 2021
    An appeals court has slashed expert fees of almost €20,000 imposed in March on a man who was found guilty of a fatal stabbing in Birkirkara in a case of excessive self-defence. Etienne Bartolo had been convicted of fatally stabbing Roderick Grech in Birkirkara four years ago. He was declared to have acted in excess of […]
  • Nature Trust to manage Chadwick Lakes 27 January 2021
    Nature Trust Malta has been handed responsibility to manage Wied il-Qlejgħa, more commonly known as Chadwick Lakes. An agreement was reached with the  Energy and Water Agency (EWA) and the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), the government said. Over the past two years, the Energy and Water Agency handled a €5 million regeneration and rehabilitation […]
  • Keith Perry resigns as Sliema Wanderers honorary president 27 January 2021
    Keith Perry has stepped down from his role of honorary president at Sliema Wanderers, the Times of Malta can confirm. Perry had been involved in the Sliema administration for several years. Last summer he decided to step down from his role of club president to make way for Jeffrey Farrugia to take the reins of […]
  • House salutes the victims of the Holocaust 27 January 2021
    The House of Representatives on Wednesday saluted the millions who died in the Holocaust. The commemoration is held annually to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo recalled the horror of the concentration camps and said a visit to Auschwitz should […]
  • Oil rigs towering over Grand Harbour to be removed by end of April 27 January 2021
    Oil rigs which have marred the Grand Harbour skyline for years will be removed by the end of April following an agreement between Transport Malta and Palumbo Shipyard, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg said on Wednesday. He also announced that the authorities will remove half-sunk vessels which have littered Marsa Creek for years, taking up valuable […]
  • MHRA: Beating COVID depends on effective enforcement, not further measures 27 January 2021
    The critical factor to beat COVID-19 does not rest on how many social and economic measures are taken, but on the efficiency and effectiveness of enforcement efforts to ensure that basic measures are borne equally by everybody, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said on Wednesday.  The association was commenting shortly after the prime minister […]