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Sporting briefs REAL DEAL: Real Madrid have reached a deal with Brazilian side Flamengo to sign forward Vinicius Junior in July 2018, the Spanish champions announced yesterday. Reports in Spain suggest the deal for the 16-year-old is around 46 million euros, which would make him the second most expensive signing from the Brazilian league in history. Vinicius Junior will remain at Flamengo until 2019. KEWELL: Harry Kewell has his sights set on coaching his former Premier League club Liverpool – but is starting out three flights lower at League Two side Crawley Town. The appointment, an-nounced by Crawley Town yesterday, will be Australian international Kewell’s first senior managerial position since hanging up his boots three years ago. EDUARDO: Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper Eduardo has signed a new one-year contract – and is still waiting for his first Blues appearance. The 34-year-old Portugal international joined on a 12-month deal from Dinamo Zagreb last summer as back-up to Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic, who has been linked with a summer move to Bournemouth. IRELAND: Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has called three uncapped players into his squad for a preliminary training... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:30:00 +0200

Man charged with attempted theft denied bail

A man charged with attempted theft from construction sites was today denied bail after he pleaded not guilty. Roderick Grima, 29, from Marsascala, was also charged with violating the conditions imposed by two judgments delivered last October as well as with being a relapser. The man was further charged with violating the conditions imposed by two judgments delivered last October as well as with being a relapser. Wearing blue jeans and a woollen sweater, dust-covered and speaking in a hoarse, barely audible voice, the man fidgeted and occasionally sprang to his feet, constantly drawing the attention of his lawyer who was appointed as legal aid in view of the man's unemployed state. Since the defence lawyer contested the validity of her client's arrest, the prosecuting officer testified how last Monday afternoon, at around 4pm, the owner of a Ħamrun residence, currently under construction, called the local police station to report the discovery of a stranger on site. The man had reported that while searching for a missing water pump valued at €300, he had come across the accused lying under the stairwell, with the misplaced pump close at hand. The owner of the building had... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:27:00 +0200

Cheaper flights for Erasmus students as Ryanair announces strategic partnership

President of Erasmus Student Network, Safi Sabuni pictured with Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary in Brussels yesterday.

Students taking part in the EU's Erasmus exchange programme are to benefit from reduced fares and free checked-in bags when flying Ryanair as part of a strategic partnership announced by the budget airline.  The Erasmus partnership will offer student members 15 per cent discounts on fares, free checked-in bag and a dedicated booking portal for Erasmus students.  EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, said the partnerships "will help students broaden their horizons, and learn first-hand about the richness, diversity and beauty of our wonderful continent.” Now in its 30th year, the Erasmus programme gives university students across Europe the chance to study in a different European city, facilitating cultural and academic exchanges and improving language skills. The scheme is in place in 37 countries and has benefitted over 30 million students since its launch. Ryanair’s initiative has been praised and it is hoped that other transport providers will be inspired to follow suit. President of the Erasmus Student Network Safi Sabuni expressed her excitement, stating that she is very much looking forward to a "fruitful collaboration” that will hugely aid student travel across... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:16:00 +0200

Conte nets double at LMA Awards

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte holds the Premier League trophy at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Antonio Conte was rewarded for leading Chelsea to the Premier League title with two League Managers Association awards on Monday night. The Italian was named manager of the year and Premier League manager of the year at the LMA’s 25th annual awards dinner after the Blues, who ended last campaign 10th, finished seven points ahead of Tottenham. Chelsea claimed a Premier League-record 30 victories, including 13 in a row from October 1, and can also do the double in Conte’s first season in charge with victory over Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final. “I think I’ve had a lot of incredible emotions in my first season here in England. I want to say thank you to all the people who voted for me. It’s great to receive this award. I hope I deserved this,” Conte said. “It’s fantastic to read all the names that won this trophy and to stay with these managers is a great achievement for me. I hope to continue in the best way,” he added after receiving the award from former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Chris Hughton was named Championship manager of the year after guiding Brighton to the Premier League. The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season’s disappointment,... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:01:03 +0200

Football news Defender Gael Clichy is set to leave Manchester City when his contract expires next month after six years at the Premier League club, the 31-year-old Frenchman said at an event yesterday. Clichy, who joined City from Arsenal in 2011, made 39 appearances for the Manchester side this season as they secured a third-placed league finish. He has made a total of 203 appearances for City, winning two league titles. “It’s hard. I’m not sure whether or not Joe will be here next season, and I won’t be here next season,” Clichy said when asked if he would ever play with former City team mate Joe Hart again, during a Q&A session. Gabigol sorry for storming off Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa has apologised for storming off the substitutes’ bench when he realised he was not going to be used during Sunday’s Serie A match at Lazio. The 20-year-old Brazilian has had a frustrating first season at Inter, making just nine appearances, all as a substitute. “Inter supporters and team-mates, during yesterday’s game I suddenly adopted a thoughtless and inadequate attitude by leaving the pitch before the end of the game,” he said on his Facebook page. “I recognise my mistake and would like to register my... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:45:01 +0200

Liverpool eyeing silverware after top-four finish – Milner Liverpool need to experience the feeling of winning trophies again to take the next step and compete with Europe’s best, defender James Milner has said. Liverpool, who secured fourth spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, have not won a major trophy since their League Cup triumph five years ago. Liverpool lost out in last year’s League Cup and Europa League finals and Milner, who won the FA Cup with Manchester City in 2011 before their run of two league titles in three years, said winning one trophy is a catalyst for more. “Personally the biggest thing for us at City was winning the FA Cup: getting that first trophy under our belt, winning something, giving you that belief,” Milner said. “Champions League was a step along the way. Last year we came close (to a trophy) but couldn’t get over the line. But playing in those sort of occasions and in those big games is important. “Hopefully now we can stick a few trophies in the cabinet. That is the next step.” Midfielder Adam Lallana also expected Liverpool to be ready to compete for silverware next season. “It has been a good season, not just myself but I think the team has come on leaps and bounds,”... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:30:02 +0200

Hormone injections help spread the love between strangers, study shows

The animals become close and friendly after receiving injections of the hormone oxytocin, scientists have found.

Love hormone injections can spread a little of what the world needs now between strangers, scientists have shown. The experiment was conducted among wild grey seals given shots of the hormone oxytocin - known to forge emotional bonds between mothers and babies, and romantic partners. Scientists found that after the jabs, newly introduced seals instantly hit it off, seeking out each other's company and keeping physically close. Levels of aggressive behaviour also dropped under the hormone's influence. Despite receiving small doses of oxytocin, the changed behaviour of the loved-up seals persisted for two days. This was unexpected, since the hormone is quickly cleared from the bloodstream. Study leader from the University of St Andrews, Kelly Robinson, and her team wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: "Seals given oxytocin spent significantly more time in close proximity to each other, confirming that oxytocin causes conspecifics (same species members) to seek others out and remain close to one another. "Aggressive and investigative behaviours also significantly fell after oxytocin manipulations." Twenty newly weaned grey seal pups from the Isle of May,... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:25:00 +0200

Cigarette filters may increase lung cancer risk

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Cigarette filters, introduced decades ago to reduce the amount of tar smokers inhale, also alter other properties of smoke and smoking in a way that raises the risk of lung cancer, researchers say. In a review of research on changes in lung cancer rates, and changes in the types of lung cancer that are most common, the study authors argue that tiny ventilation holes in virtually all cigarettes sold today are creating a new health risk. "The design of cigarette filters that have ventilation can make the cigarettes even more dangerous, because those holes can change how the tobacco burns, allow smokers to inhale more smoke and to think that the smoke is safer because it is smoother,” senior author The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Dr Peter D. Shields, told Reuters Health. “This applies to all cigarettes, because almost all the cigarettes on the market have the holes, not just the ones that used to be called lights and ultra-lights,” he noted. Although rates of lung cancer in the population have fallen with declines in smoking overall, rates of lung cancer among smokers have risen significantly, the researchers point out. The type of lung cancer... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:24:00 +0200

Sam Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager

Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has quit the Premier League club five months after being appointed to the post and said in a statement last night that he was leaving football management. Allardyce, 62, kept Palace in the top flight after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in December, when the club was standing just one point above the relegation zone. He had signed a 2-1/2-year contract. “It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take - and that’s been the simple part for me,” Allardyce said in a statement. “This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.” ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:01:04 +0200

Watch: From poverty to universal income (ARTE)

An American association, Give Directly, funded by Silicon Valley giants, has chosen Kenya to set up a unique experiment. Give Directly plans to do just that: the NGO is paying a universal basic income to Kenya's poorest for 12 years and observing the results. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 +0200

Three men arrested in Manchester bomb investigation, UK police say

Three men were arrested today in Manchester in an investigation into the suicide bomb attack which killed 22 people at a music concert in the northern English city on Monday night, police in the city said. "Three police warrants were executed in south Manchester in connection to the ongoing investigation," a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said. Britain has increased its security threat level to "critical" from "severe" following the suicide attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the bombing which killed 22 victims, including an eight-year-old girl, in the worst terrorist incident to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks. A lone bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande. The suspected attacker was named as Salman Abedi, aged 22. Two US officials who have been in contact with British authorities said he was believed to have travelled to Manchester from London by train. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:57:00 +0200

Drivers of an economy

Economists, analysts and the majority working in the financial services sector, speak regularly and monitor closely GDP, unemployment figures, inflation. Why is it all important? Among many others, these are the main drivers of a country’s economic performance. A country’s workforce is a proportion of the country’s population. Generally 18-65 year olds that are eligible to work are considered to make up the workforce. An employed workforce combined with a presence of capital resources and technological improvements through investment makes up the GDP of a country. These factors can then be reviewed on a per capita basis to measure efficiency and productivity of output. Economic output is the result of the above factors. Generally, a proportional increase in all inputs leads to higher economic growth, yet developed countries, many a time have the capital factor of economic output operating near full capacity. This would leave economic growth to depend on additional labour and/or technological progress. It is hence why GDP per capita is often an additional tool to measure the progress and efficiency of economic growth. Additional labour given an amount of capital resources,... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:48:00 +0200

Watch: PN unveils its environmental proposals

  Updated 12.41pm  A Nationalist government would draft a long-term plan stretching to 2050 for Malta’s environment, create a national agency to manage Malta’s protected parks and introduce parliamentary checks on the development of ODZ land, party leader Simon Busuttil said today. Speaking at a press conference held in Żonqor, where a campus for the American University is to be built, Dr Busuttil unveiled some of the PN’s environmental proposals for the upcoming general election. "Our economic model considers the environment to be a help rather than a hindrance to the economy," he said. "The two are not opposing forces."  Dr Busuttil pledged to save Żonqor from development and said he would introduce checks requiring ODZ permits to be approved by a 2/3 parliamentary majority. The 2050 plan pledged by the PN would include interim targets and ensure long-term planning in the environmental sector. Dr Busuttil, however, said he would rip up an existing Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development, which he dismissed as “half-baked”, and start afresh. The Planning Authority and Environmental and Resources Authority would be given fresh autonomy by a PN government, he said, to... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:44:00 +0200

Watch: Woman injured as car rolls over roadside

Updated 1pm - Added video A woman was hospitalised this morning after the car she was travelling in with a man and baby rolled over the verge at Wied Għomor on Josef Calleja Street, and rolled down into the fields below. Police said that the man and baby were not injured. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:35:00 +0200

Bielsa takes over at Lille Lille have announced the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager. The 61-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and will replace interim boss Franck Passi. Passi took over from Patrick Collot in February but will step aside for Bielsa, with Luis Campos also joining the Ligue 1 club as sporting director. Bielsa has been without a club since he controversially resigned as Lazio manager just two days after signing a 12-month contract in July 2016. Lille owner Gerard Lopez, former president of the Lotus Formula One team, said at a press conference: “Marcelo Bielsa is the new coach of Lille. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Marcelo Bielsa, who is an integral part to the mentality of the project. We started with Marcelo’s motions. Luis (Campos) has built a list of players that match these needs.” Bielsa said: “I am happy to be here, I feel an immense responsibility in relation to the task. I’m coming to Lille with great enthusiasm. “Football is a little bit of industry and a lot of passion, I found it here, it fits my vision.” ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:30:05 +0200

French officers raid PSG players homes French anti-corruption police searched the homes of Paris Saint-Germain footballers Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore as well as the club’s offices yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged financial offences, a source close to the probe said. The police operations were conducted as part of an investigation opened last December by the national financial prosecutors’ office into alleged laundering of money acquired by fraud, the source said. According to the Mediapart internet site, the searches of the Argentinians’ homes and Paris SG offices in Paris and Boulogne-Billancourt stemmed from media reports last December of large-scale tax evasion by football stars. That same month, a group of 12 European news outlets began publishing the results of months of investigations into millions of financial documents obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed the “Football Leaks”. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:01:06 +0200

New president for the Malta Business Bureau

David Zahra has been appointed president of the Malta Business Bureau (MBB), taking over from John Vassallo. Dr Zahra founded David Zahra & Associates Advocates in 2011, after a number of years practising with one of Malta’s leading law firms. He is actively involved in corporate M&A, financial services and corporate finance transactions, both locally and internationally. The MBB also announced the rest of the new board as follows: Kyle Borg as Vice-President, and Charles A. Zahra, Mario Spiteri, Reginald Fava and Malcolm Jones as directors.   ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:01:00 +0200

Former Barca chief Rosell arrested in graft investigation

Former Barcelona supremo Sandro Rosell arrives in court yesterday.

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested in Spain as part of a multi-national investigation into alleged money-laundering. In a joint operation, Spain’s national police and civil guard raided several addresses in Andorra and Catalonia, arresting five people, including Rosell and his wife. The 53-year-old businessman was Barcelona’s president between 2010 and 2014, when he resigned following a Spanish court’s decision to investigate the 2013 transfer of Brazilian star Neymar from Santos. This new operation, dubbed ‘Rimet’ after FIFA’s longest-serving president Jules Rimet, is related to the sale of image rights for the Brazilian national team to a company based in Qatar. According to Spanish reports, confirmed to Press Association Sport by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior, €15 million (£12.9million) was diverted to a bank in Andorra. In a joint statement, the national police and civil guard said among those arrested were people “allegedly part of a criminal organisation linked to the world of football and the organisation of sporting events”. It is understood the Spanish authorities were acting on information received from the United States-led investigation... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:45:07 +0200

Brazilian police arrest presidential aide in 2014 WCup probe Brazilian police yesterday said that they arrested a presidential aide and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup’s most expensive stadium, another black eye for the country’s political establishment that adds pressure on beleaguered President Michel Temer. Tadeu Filippelli, a special adviser in Temer’s Cabinet, and former Federal District governors José Roberto Arruda and Agnelo Queiroz were arrested early yesterday. The presidential palace did not reply to requests for comments and Reuters could not immediately reach representatives of Arruda and Queiroz. The Federal District encompasses the capital Brasilia. Renovation of the Brasilia stadium for the 2014 World Cup cost about 1.5 billion reais ($459.38 million), prosecutors and police said in a statement, and an auditing court has said the construction included rampant overbilling. It was the second-most expensive soccer arena in the world after the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium in London, according to the local World Cup committee’s documents on spending. Temer has resisted growing calls for his resignation after the disclosure of a recorded conversation in which he appears to condone the... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:30:08 +0200

Maltese referees attending UEFA course in Nyon Referee Matthew De Gabriele, and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic, are in in Nyon to take part in UEFA’s CORE educational programme. The course, now in its seventh edition, is aimed at young officials with potential international prospects in the coming years. Among the participants are officials from Andorra, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Sweden, and Wales as well as a trio from the Confederation of African Football. During this course, the Maltese officials are being closely monitored by referees’ coach Radan Miryanov (Bulgaria), assistant referee coach Leif Lindberg (Sweden) and physical fitness coaches Werner Helsen (Belgium) and Lluis Cortés Cava (Andorra). Participants are being given physical training on football pitches and surrounding tracks, technical training and on social topics in conference halls, and have to undergo physical tests – everything under the general guidance of David Elleray (CORE Senior Course Leader), Kyros Vassaras (CORE Instructor) and with the contribution of ten specialists in their specific fields: six referee coaches, two assistant referee coaches and two fitness coaches. Apart from these theoretical and practical training... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:01:09 +0200








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