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  • What happens next? April 3, 2020
    Man is probably an optimist by nature. We are still in the middle of the coronavirus crisis and we are already talking of what may happen afterwards. Our health authorities are doing an admirable job, even if in some respects it is a thankless job. As a country we could have been spared some decisions, […]
  • University website for latest COVID-19 information April 3, 2020
    The University of Malta has set up a webpage to help the community wade through an overload of information about COVID-19. The webpage, originally launched to host informative videos by the Marketing, Communications and Alumni team, is being updated daily. Apart from updates provided by the Superintendent of Public Health and government entities, the website […]
  • What happened on... April 3 April 3, 2020
    The front pages of Times of Malta from 25 and 10 years ago.  Become a Times of Malta premium member to gain full access to our archive dating back to January 1930.
  • Global cost of coronavirus could top $4 trillion - Asian Development Bank April 3, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic could cost the global economy $4.1 trillion as it ravages United States, Europe and other major economies, the Asian Development Bank warned on Friday The estimated impact is equivalent to nearly five percent of worldwide output based on a range of scenarios, but the lender said losses from "the worst pandemic in […]
  • MFA to check on clubs’ eligibility for financial aid April 3, 2020
    MFA personnel will help to examine whether all football clubs affiliated with the Malta Football Association are eligible to benefit from the financial aid measures announced by the Government last week which were extended to the sports sector. Maltese football is facing uncertain times after the 2019-20 season was thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 […]
  • Spring hunting risks rift in cabinet April 3, 2020
    The decision about whether to open the spring hunting season risks creating a rift in cabinet. On Wednesday, the government’s consultative committee on hunting voted to approve a proposal to open a season for quail from April 10 to April 30, despite the health authorities advising people to stay at home to limit the spread […]
  • COVID-19: How Malta is marking Holy Week and Easter locked up indoors April 3, 2020
    In Żebbuġ’s main square, a portrait of Jesus and another one of the Lady of Sorrows sit on benches that have been vacated by elderly men after the health authorities warned about the spread of COVID-19. [attach id=858692 size="medium" align="left" type="image"]Photo: Facebook[/attach] In Qormi, quarantined children are colouring in an outline drawing of a crucified […]
  • Shooting ourselves in the foot April 3, 2020
    There are several reasons why the Ornis committee’s recommendation to give the green light to hunting in spring is nothing short of disgraceful. Let’s start with the obvious. COVID-19 has sensibilised most of Malta and disciplined a notoriously undisciplined country. The vast majority of people have religiously abided by the health authorities’ warnings to stay […]
  • The benefits of coronavirus - Rev. Dr Joseph Zammit April 3, 2020
    The title sounds strange, if not ironic. Maybe we can gather some important bits of knowledge from the debris that COVID-19 is leaving in its wake. The skies in urban hubs are clearer and man is breathing freely after decades of polluted air. We have pushed God aside for far too long, yet now He […]
  • Today's front pages - April 3, 2020 April 3, 2020
    The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Friday. Times of Malta reports on how all of the mixed waste disposed by households in black rubbish bags is being dumped untreated in the landfill as the coronavirus pandemic raises Malta’s waste management crisis to a new level. In a separate article it reports on […]
  • Defining a new and sustainable built paradigm - Peter Valentino April 3, 2020
    It goes without saying that we are living in the strangest of times. As the early weeks of this pandemic go by, we are already familiarising ourselves with a new normal. We have had to reprogramme our understanding of comfort, security and routine, each doing our best to build intimate new worlds inside our own […]
  • Oil dips after record rally, Asia stocks mixed as weekend looms April 3, 2020
    Crude prices slipped on Friday after the previous day's record surge as traders questioned Donald Trump's claims that Russia and Saudi Arabia were set to slash output, while Asian equities were mixed after another thunderous rise in US jobless claims caused by the virus crisis. With the number of people with COVID-19 topping a million […]
  • Announcements - April 3, 2020 April 3, 2020
    Obituaries [attach id=858605 size="small" align="right" type="image"][/attach] AQUILINA. On March 31, YVONNE, née Cassar, widow of Charles Aquilina, aged 74, passed away peacefully to meet the Risen Christ, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her great loss her only beloved daughter Sharon and her husband Andrew, her brother Alfred and his […]
  • To stay safe, stay in - Simon Attard Montalto April 3, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant health, economic and other problems in every continent and in virtually every country, but to varying degrees. Some countries have experienced a major ‘hit’ in terms of the number of infected patients and, unfortunately, very high mortality rates, and this applies especially to those countries that were among the […]
  • All black bags landfilled to ‘protect’ workers’ health April 3, 2020
    All of the mixed waste disposed by households in black rubbish bags is being dumped untreated in the landfill as the coronavirus pandemic raises Malta’s waste management crisis to a new level. The situation at Magħtab landfill was already challenging last month when waste management agency Wasteserv admitted 50 per cent of this type of […]
  • European Commission approves Malta's state aid scheme to support economy April 2, 2020
    The European Commission has approved a Maltese state aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €350 million […]
  • COVID-19: ‘I hope that this hatred will be healed one day’ April 2, 2020
    A Thai student who lives in Malta has spoken of the growing racism she is facing from people who assume she is Chinese and steer away from her on grounds she could be carrying the novel coronavirus. Boonrana Vivatananukul, 25, is worried that this fear-fuelled stereotyping and racism could end up shattering the lives of […]
  • How esports went mainstream during motorsport’s shutdown April 2, 2020
    Sports fans the world over are struggling right now. In a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments have been banning large gatherings, which has naturally hit sporting fixtures very hard. Few would argue that the move has been anything other than justified, but with sport dominating television schedules each week, the situation […]
  • Global coronavirus death toll tops 50,000 April 2, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 50,000 people worldwide with nearly three-quarters of the deaths in Europe, according to an AFP tally at 1750 GMT Thursday using official figures. A total of 51,364 deaths have been recorded across the world, including 37,709 in Europe, with Italy registering 13,915, followed by Spain with 10,003, France […]
  • 10 caught breaching mandatory quarantine April 2, 2020
    A total of 18 persons were each fined €100 during police rounds in the past 24 hours to ensure there were no people in groups of four or more as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Another 10 persons were caught breaching quarantine during the 440 inspections carried out by the police, […]
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