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Mother has been waiting for children's Maltese citizenship for four years

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A mother who has been seeking Maltese citizenship for her children for the past four years is asking the authorities to get their act together as she could no longer “suffer the wait and injustices by Identity Malta”. The Russian woman, who became a Maltese citizen more than five years ago after marrying a Maltese man, said that despite spending hours queuing to ask Identity Malta about the state of the applications of her two children, aged 20 and 12, the only response she got was that she still had to wait. “I applied for my children to be given Maltese citizenship more than four years ago. They have a right to citizenship because I am already Maltese. However, every time I go to Identity Malta in Valletta to ask about the state of the applications, all I am told is to wait and that the applications are still being processed. “How can an application take four years to be settled? We are dealing with human beings here. It’s not acceptable that this state of affairs continues in a supposedly modern European country,” Ms Spagnol said. She said Identity Malta officials came up with “all imaginable types of excuses”. On two occasions she was even told they had lost their... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:08:02 +0100

Investor discipline

Let’s not beat around the bush - whoever invests is in it to make money (clearly not to lose money). Be it an investment in a money market instrument or a bank term deposit, a short term investment (in the form of a trade aimed at making a quick-buck) or a longer term one in nature (such as an investment in a collective investment scheme, bond or equity), preservation of capital and making money is at the forefront of any investment decision. I cannot but highlight the importance of how imperative it is for an investor, both the seasoned as well as amateur type, to take informed decisions. To read, research, take an interest and most importantly take that initiative of knowing first and foremost where their own hard earned money is being invested but also learning about which factors could impact the value of their underlying investment. It is important to get to know the key market forces, the way markets operate, ongoing global economic conditions, interest rates, growth rates, political and geopolitical events, understanding the operations of the individual companies where investor money is ‘put to work’ in (either via bonds, or equities or funds) as well as knowledge, on how... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:03:00 +0100

Rescuers continue search for those affected by Italy avalanche

Rescue crews are still searching for some 30 people trapped inside an Italian mountain resort flattened by a huge avalanche. Italy's civil protection agency on Friday said the work continued throughout the night with searchlights, and would accelerate with the arrival of daylight. So far two bodies have been recovered, and RAI state TV said two more bodies have been located in the snow. The search has been hampered by snow blocking the only road in, concern the buildings would collapse and fear of a fresh avalanche. The first rescue teams arrived on skis, and firefighters were dropped in by helicopter. Overnight the road was widened to bring in heavier vehicles to aid with the search. Guests at the three-storey Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region alerted emergency workers on Wednesday. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:25:00 +0100

Bayern look to tighten grip on fifth straight title

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski (right) tussles for the ball with Willi Orban, of Leipzig.

Bayern Munich travel to Freiburg tonight as the Bundesliga leaders, but the champions know they must kick it up a notch following the winter break if they are to earn a record-extending fifth straight title. Bayern secured top spot going into the break in December with a 3-0 win over second-placed RB Leipzig, although Carlo Ancelotti’s team have looked less dominant than in past seasons. “We want to win the first game and set a marker early,” winger Arjen Robben, who this week extended his contract to 2018, said. “We have to get into our rhythm.” “I believe we will get better. We can all keep saying it but what we need to do is show it,” said the Dutchman. “We are looking good and things are positive for us so the league can now start.” However, the Bavarians’ expensive back line still needed some fine-tuning in the winter training camp in Qatar, with the partnership of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, hampered by injuries, yet to hit top form. Up front, fans have also not yet seen as many goal floods as in past seasons. Thomas Mueller, who scored 20 times in the previous campaign, has managed just one goal so far this season. While Ancelotti’s style may be less exciting than... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:17:10 +0100

Nine Malian men in detention for two months

Nine Malian men have been in detention for 67 days as the government awaits documentation from the Malian authorities that would allow their deportation. They are what remains of a group of 33 men who were rounded up on November 14 last year and taken to the Safi detention centre. The Home Affairs Ministry had justified their detention by saying it formed part of an EU initiative. It had been announced that the men would remain in detention until an African delegation visited Malta, identified them and decided on the next steps. A number of them have been released for various reasons, including being in possession of documentation that allowed them to stay here. On Christmas Eve, the government announced that 14 of the men were being released following a “Mali identification mission”. The remaining 10 were identified as nationals of Mali but one of them was released by the court. The government cannot deport the men until documentation from Malian authorities comes through, and a fortnight ago, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela expressed hope that the paperwork arrives “as soon as possible”. However, up until yesterday, the government was still waiting for the... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:05:01 +0100

The value of employer branding and its benefits I remember a politician once commenting that there used to be a time when people would be chasing jobs and now (at the time of the comment) the jobs were chasing people. Although this comment was made a number of years ago, employers and employees know that it is still very valid in 2017. We need to keep in mind that although we have had blips in our economy, we have not had severe unemployment for the last 30 years. This has changed the outlook of people in employment and job seekers in particular. Go back 60, 70 years. Generally people were seeking employment to earn a living that was... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:47:08 +0100

Koeman open to moves for Deulofeu and Jagielka Ronald Koeman would be happy to let Gerard Deulofeu leave Everton – and captain Phil Jagielka could also be nearing the exit door. Milan have been in negotiations over a loan move for winger Deulofeu but the terms of the deal have been a sticking point and no agreement has been reached. The Spaniard has started only four Premier League games this season, two of which were in August, and has not been in the squad for the last three league matches. The emergence of 18-year-old Tom Davies and the signing of fellow teenager Ademola Lookman has pushed Deulofeu further down the pecking order. Koeman said: “I spoke to Gerry and it’s a difficult situation for the player. If he finds a solution to go and to play and to get game-time then it’s not a problem. “But the final decision is by the board of the club and I did not have any call from the chairman that they agree something for Deulofeu. “It’s always tough because you’re not really part of the team, you don’t get a lot of game minutes, but that’s the competition we have here. “You have to always look for first what’s the best for the club and second what is the best for the player, and for Gerry the best is that he gets game-time... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:36:01 +0100

Għajnsielem, Kerċem fall behind in the title race

Stefan Cassar, of Għajnsielem, is tackled by Kerċem’s Aaron Buttigieg. Photo: Anthony Cassar

Għajnsielem and Kerċem Ajax shared the spoils in a one-all draw, a result that was not good for either side in their bid to keep the pace with the league’s front-runners. The game was the most attractive fixture from matchday 10 in the Gozitan Division One, a direct encounter between the two sides chasing joint-leaders Xewkija Tigers and Nadur Youngsters. Kerċem created the first scoring opportunities but as the minutes ticked by, the Blacks, who had Demba Toure making his debut, seized control in midfield and went close to taking the lead following efforts by Chris Camilleri, Stefan Cassar and Edison Bilboa Zarate. Għajnsielem held the upperhand after the break and broke the deadlock on 57 minutes when John Camilleri placed in goal after beating the goalkeeper on the run just outside the box. Kerċem staged a strong reaction and levelled matters 14 minutes from time thanks to Andrew Mizzi whose grounder rolled into the net. The two sides threw caution to the wind late on in search of a winner but the two sets of defences held firm and the score remained unchanged. In another match from the top flight in Gozo, Victoria Hotspurs beat Oratory Youths 2-1 to move to a more... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:31:08 +0100

Toshiba woes intensify on reports of $6bn writedown

Pedestrians walk past a logo of Toshiba Corp in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Toshiba Corp’s financial crisis deepened yesterday as media reported it may unveil a bigger-than-expected $6 billion writedown for its US nuclear business, sending its shares sliding 15 per cent. The reports cast doubt on whether steps by the scandal-hit conglomerate to bolster its finances – including the possible sale of a stake in its core chip business to business partner Western Digital Corp – will be sufficient to address the shortfall. Toshiba executives sat down with representatives from some of its main banks yesterday to discuss possible support, sources with knowledge of the matter said. The 142-year-old firm has also approached the government-backed Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) for help. Takeshi Kunibe, the president of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, one of its main banks, told a briefing the lender would like to support Toshiba as much as possible. “We would like to discuss courses of action after Toshiba comes up with specific figures and its plans,” he said. A DBJ spokesman said there had been no discussion about the amount or type of assistance Toshiba might require. Representatives for Mizuho Bank, another main lender, declined to comment. Battered by an... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:14:07 +0100

Nations Cup hosts Gabon hit hard by injuries Gabon have suffered another setback after key midfielder Mario Lemina was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a back injury. The Juventus midfielder had gone off injured in the opening game for Gabon at the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Guinea Bissau and missed the draw with Burkina Faso that left them on the brink of elimination. Lemina has ‘fatigue injury’, officials said, and would be out for the next fortnight. The 23-year-old will head back to Juventus for treatment.. With two points from their opening two matches, Gabon must avoid defeat to keep alive their chances but effectively have to beat Cameroon in their final group match on Sunday. Played yesterday: (Group B) Algeria vs Tunisia 1-2; Senegal vs Zimbabwe 2-0. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:13:02 +0100

Successful pregnancy possible even with complex heart defects Women who are born with high-risk heart defects can have successful pregnancies if they get the right medical support, according to new US guidelines. The guidelines are the first from the American Heart Association to offer a roadmap to women with congenital heart defects who have long been told to avoid pregnancy altogether, said Mary Canobbio, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles and chair of the committee that drafted the advice. “Historically the tendency has been to advise these women to avoid pregnancy because the defect and surgeries done to keep these women alive are complex and the long-term survival is difficult to predict – so concern has been that the ‘added burden’ of pregnancy could potentially cause more problems and decrease their own long term survival,” Canobbio said by e-mail. Congenital heart defects such as defective vessels, leaky valves or holes in the heart muscle are among the most common types of birth defects. These structural problems can cause symptoms like abnormal heart rhythm and breathing difficulties and may require surgery or a heart transplant. While most girls born today with congenital heart disease will reach... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:54:02 +0100

Logistics hub bid flops, new request for proposals to be issued

The proposed logistics hub would cover an area of over 45,000 square metres, partly over the current groupage complex at Ħal Far.

The government will be issuing a new request for proposals from bidders for a logistics hub in Ħal Far – with the Ministry for the Economy refusing to give any official reason as to why the original one issued in October had flopped. Sources, however, said that there were no bidders for the international call, describing it as “a huge embarrassment” for the government, which would now have to rethink the terms of the concession it was offering. Sources told the Times of Malta that the terms of the long-awaited concession were not enticing to bidders, with one asking why the site was going to be given to one operator, rather than allowing units to be offered ad hoc through Malta Industrial Parks. “With something like this, you always worry that the government may already have someone in mind and you simply do not bother to waste time and money,” one frustrated source said. Another source said that it was clear from the outset that the concession would only be feasible if bidders were able to bring in a specialist partner who had the network to generate demand. The RFP issued last October through the Privatisation Unit said the eventual operator would be given a non-renewable... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:51:00 +0100

Today's newspapers in review

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says that rather than change the Constitution to restore full powers to the competition watchdog, the government has decided to change the law in view of objections by the Opposition. In another story, the newspaper says that nine Malian men have been in detention for 67 days as the government awaits documentation from the Malian authorities that would allow their deportation. The Malta Independent says the Alpine Group had been approached to form part of a consortium to invest in Air Malta. L-Orizzont says that an employee of the Church’s Missionary Office has been working for more than 40 hours a week but is only paid the part time rate and no overtime. In-Nazzjon speaks on the Planning Tribunal decision yesterday to allow appeals from Planning Authority decisions even by members of the authority board. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:47:00 +0100

Queen's 90th birthday gift haul includes purple bag of salt and horse

The Queen received armfuls of presents during her 90th birthday year from a huge bottle of champagne to a purple bag of salt. A list of the official gifts the monarch received to mark her milestone anniversary show the then-prime minister David Cameron and cabinet gave the Queen a crystal glass bowl, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police presented the monarch with a horse called Sir John. There was the usual birthday gift of a box of chocolates, from the people and government of Flanders, and a bottle of champagne from the Executive Guild of Toastmasters - but it was a Nebuchadnezzar, which can hold 20 normal bottles of the alcohol. Even the monarch's much loved pet corgis and dorgis were not forgotten, with four maroon-coloured padded small dog jackets, decorated with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's coat of arms, presented by the borough where the monarch lives. The Jockey Club gave the Queen, its patron and a life-long equestrian fan, a brooch representing the Epsom area landscape and racecourse. A mohair teddy bear, called Bertie, holding a boater hat and wearing a blazer was a birthday gift from the Henley Royal Regatta president. The more unusual presents... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:45:00 +0100

Ħamrun hand Swieqi first loss

Ħamrun players celebrate against Swieqi. Photo: Joe Borg

Ħamrun Tre Angeli staged a remarkable second-half comeback to hand Swieqi United their first defeat of the season after beating them 6-5. Prior to this clash, Swieqi had chalked up six straight wins in the Gatorade League but were unable to extend their positive streak to another week. The match was an exciting affair with Swieqi squandering their lead as the Reds fought back to level matters in the second half before scoring the crucial goal to make sure of getting their challenge back on track. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Swieqi as they displayed some positive futsal and could have easily scored more goals had it not been for a couple of superb saves by Ħamrun goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud at the start of the second half. Jason Gauci, Redeemer Borg, Boicho Marev, Fredrick Johansson and Andre Ciancio got the goals for Swieqi with Ħamrun hitting back through an Everton Veve hat-trick, a double from Daniele Degennaro and an own goal. Mrieħel ESS and Sliema figured in a nail-biting 4-4 stalemate. This match had all the right ingredients to be an exciting contest and it ended with Sliema and Mrieħel sharing eight goals and the spoils, a result which leaves both teams level on... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:43:07 +0100

Objects lost, music found

Yuri Landman and hismusical instruments

Having just hosted Dutch experimental luthier and musician Yuri Landman as its latest Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Spazju Kreattiv is now holding an open jam session with instruments made by him and workshop participants. Landman built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of instant preparations. Since then, he has built experimental instruments for acts such as Sonic Youth, dEUS, Melt-Banana, Rhys Chatham, Ex-Easter Island Head, Half Japanese and Kaki King. He was in Malta at the end of last year, working at Spazju Kreattiv’s AiR studio in Għarb, and as part of his stay,... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:33:00 +0100

Britain warns it will ‘find ways’ to compete if no EU deal is reached

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters

Finance Minister Philip Hammond warned the European Union yesterday that Britain would be forced to find different ways to remain competitive if there was no “comprehensive trading relationship” after Brexit. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Hammond stuck closely to the government’s script that Britain wants to explore ways with the EU to ensure that decades of close ties are not broken, saying with goodwill, anything was possible. But the Chancellor, who is keen to show Davos that Britain is “open for business”, said while the government did not want to leave the economic mainstream and trigger a race to the bottom on tax, the decision was “not entirely in our gift”. “We have to remain competitive. The best way to do that is to have a comprehensive trading relationship with the European Union, our closest neighbours,” he told Reuters. “But if we can’t achieve that then we will have to find other ways to maintain our competitiveness, because our first obligation as government is to make sure that our people are able to maintain their standard of living.” British officials want to reassure business and political leaders in Davos on Brexit after Prime Minister... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:27:06 +0100

Enter the era of Donald Trump Donald Trump takes office today as the 45th President of the United States. His election has certainly been controversial: he received almost three million fewer votes than his opponent, he is a polarising figure, has numerous potential conflicts of interest, has quarrelled with the US intelligence services, his candidacy was supported by the Russians through a series of e-mail hacking and his foreign policy statements have caused great alarm around the world. The new President enters the White House with a historic low approval rating of 40 per cent. Mr Trump’s attitude to Europe so far has been most disturbing. Under successive US presidents, the cornerstone of US foreign policy has been a strong Transatlantic alliance that has served the US and Europe very well. Unfortunately, Mr Trump has undermined both Nato and the European Union. In a recent interview, he called Nato “obsolete” and said he expected more countries to leave the EU. Such an approach is extremely worrying and shows a distinct lack of understanding about the successes of Nato and the EU, which have contributed to peace, security and stability for both the US and Europe. A strong, prosperous and united Europe... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:04:02 +0100

Oil rallies from one-week low as IEA sees tighter market Oil prices recovered from a one-week low yesterday as the International Energy Agency said oil markets were tightening even before cuts agreed by Opec and other producers took effect. Oil prices have gyrated this year as the market’s focus has swung from hopes that oversupply may be curbed by output cuts announced by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers to fears that a rebound in US shale production could swamp any such reductions. Benchmark Brent crude was up 50 cents at $54.42 a barrel by 1220 GMT after closing down 2.8 per cent in the previous session. US crude was up 40 cents at $51.48 a barrel, having dropped to a one-week low on Wednesday of $50.91. The IEA said that while it was “far too soon” to gauge Opec members’ levels of compliance with promised cuts, commercial oil inventories in the developed world fell for a fourth consecutive month in November, with another decline projected for December. It raised sharply its 2016 demand growth estimate, and said the data indicated that rising demand was slowly tightening global oil markets. Still, analysts said it was crucial that Opec and other producers cut output as promised, particularly... ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:57:05 +0100

Regulatory bodies efficacy I refer to the articles ‘Right to a fair hearing could be diluted – PN’ and ‘Safeguarding consumers’ rights” by Clyde Puli (January 18). The right of the director general to impose administrative sanctions and for the Competition and Consumer Affairs Tribunal to hear appeals from decisions of the Office for Competition were only introduced by the amendments to the Competition Act in 2011 by the previous administration. Before the introduction of the 2011 amendments, the imposition of a sanction was not an issue within the competence of the Office for Competition since the sanction to be... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium. ... Pubdate: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:55:08 +0100








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