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F1 overtaking in the spotlight after opener

Formula One entered a bold new era in Sunday’s Australian season-opener with bigger tyres, faster cars and a winning Ferrari but the lack of overtaking is causing concern. “What overtaking?,” said Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa when the Williams driver was asked how difficult it had been to get past rivals. Melbourne’s Albert Park has never ranked high on the list of circuits with the most overtaking manoeuvres but fans saw hardly any after the opening lap. Force India’s Sergio Perez took both Toro Rossos while team-mate Esteban Ocon was in a three-car battle that saw him and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg sweep past Fernando Alonso’s McLaren. But they were rare highlights of a race without crashes or a safety car. “It was hard to follow and drive close behind others,” complained Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who has built up a reputation as one of the sport’s most exciting overtakers. The problem came as no surprise to the likes of triple champion Lewis Hamilton, who had flagged up in testing that the new aerodynamic regulations had a downside and could lead to processional racing. The cars are creating far more downforce, taking some corners flat out and throwing out more turbulent... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:04:00 +0200

Limitations to the right to be forgotten

An individual does not enjoy an absolute right to have his/her personal details struck off the companies’ register, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently ruled. However, member states enjoy a discretion to provide for restricted access by third parties to such data, upon the expiry of a sufficiently long period after the dissolution of a company. EU Data Protection law has always sought to provide the utmost protection to EU citizens’ personal data. One way in which it does this is by endowing individuals with the right to request that any personal data which they would have passed on for some purpose or another are deleted. This is particularly so when such data is no longer necessary. This does not mean that an individual may, upon a whim, request to have all his personal data deleted and that such a request must in all cases be acceded to. Therefore, if for example, the retention of the data is necessary for the performance of a contract or for compliance with a legal obligation, the data can be kept as long as necessary for that purpose. The new data protection regulation due to apply as from May 2018 has maintained this same right. The facts of the... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:52:17 +0200

This week at the cinema

Scarlett Johansson plays a perfect ‘soldier’ devoted to stopping criminals in Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)Genre: Sci-fiCertification: 12ADuration: 120 minutesDirected by: Rupert SandersStarring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael PIttKRS Releasing Ltd The new science fiction drama is based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. First serialised in 1989, the cartoon  told the story of the fictional counter-cyber terrorist organisation Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi in the mid-21st century Japan. It was followed by two volumes, titled Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface and Ghost  in the Shell  1:5: Human-Error  Processor.  These were turned into many successful manga adaptations. Scarlett Johansson plays  Major in the Hollywood film. She is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. She is uniquely qualified to stop the Puppeteer, a cyber criminal who is able to hack into people’s minds and control them. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to and her life was not saved. The casting choice of Johansson as Major has drawn... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:51:18 +0200

Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘cry baby’ by childhood team-mates

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by his childhood team-mates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball, Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-times world player of the year for amateur team CF Andorinha in Madeira, where Ronaldo’s father worked as a kit man. “Cry-baby, yes, because Ronaldo already loved to win like he loves today and when he lost and when other kids didn’t pass the ball to him he used to cry,” Santos told Reuters. Ronaldo’s desire to win has propelled him to four domestic league titles and three Champions League trophies during his stellar career with Manchester United and Real. The 32-year-old captained the Portugal team who won last year’s European Championship in France. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:35:09 +0200

Watch: Mintoff/Fenech Adami had better relationship than Muscat/Busuttil - President

In turbulent political times, Dom Mintoff and Eddie Fenech Adami had a better working rapport than Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil, according to the President. Despite wildly divergent ideologies, Mr Mintoff and Dr Fenech Adami had a better relationship than today's two main political leaders, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said. "I'm disappointed with the way we're talking to each other… political leaders should lead by example," she told online editor Herman Grech on Times Talk.  She put her case forward to have political parties funded by the State, as it would reduce the possibility and suspicions of backroom deals. Political institutions are important for a democracy but each need to be financed. Ms Coleiro Preca called for a revamp of the constitution, which would empower all institutions beyond the political sphere. While ruling out a return to partisan politics, Ms Coleiro Preca rejected suggestions that the president should be elected by a popular vote, saying it could prompt candidates to adopt populist stands. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:27:00 +0200

On the eve of Brexit, Qatar pledges £5bn in investment in Britain

Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani speaks at the Qatar UK Business and Investment Forum in London. Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters

Qatar pledged £5 billion of investment in Britain in a show of support for the world’s fifth-largest economy just days before Prime Minister Theresa May triggers formal Brexit talks. The wealthy Gulf state has £40 billion of investments in the United Kingdom, including high-profile London landmarks like the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store, The Savoy hotel and a stake in the Canary Wharf financial district. While the June 23 referendum vote to leave the European Union took many investors and chief executives by surprise, Qatar’s top financial players used an investment conference in London to pledge support for Brexit Britain. The head of the $335 billion Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) sovereign wealth fund said he saw opportunities in Britain, adding that the fund was focused on infrastructure, healthcare and technology. “I am still looking, even after Brexit there will be opportunities QIA can really hunt for,” QIA chief executive Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud al-Thani told the conference. “Whenever the (British) government would like the QIA to step in we are ready.” Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, said in a... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:15:18 +0200

Hibs striker Gilmar nets award for March

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Hibernians’ striker Gilmar Ribeiro da Silva is the BOV Player of the Month for March 2017. Hibernians had a good run during March with three wins over Sliema, Mosta and Pembroke to go top of the BOV Premier League. The Brazilian, who just turned 27 this weekend, left his mark in this positive run by scoring a brace in Hibernians’ 4-0 routing of Mosta. Gilmar obtained Hibs’ first after just eight minutes when he fired a stunning shot from 25 metres that blasted past a helpless Yenz Cini. He made sure of being named man of the match when in the 53rd minute, he received a cross from Marcelo Dias from the right and tipped it past Cini. This is the fourth time that Gilmar clinched this individual award, his first for Hibs’, having won his first three for Naxxar. Marica Ellul, Manager of Bank of Valletta’s Paola Branch presented the trophy for the BOV Player of the Month for March 2017 to the player who chose ALS (Malta) to benefit from the donation associated with this award. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:12:06 +0200

Man, 71, killed in traffic accident

A 71-year-old man from Luqa was killed in a traffic accident early this morning. The police said the accident happened in Triq l-Ingiered, Luqa at 6.15am. The man was hit by a Toyota Hilux that was being driven by a 58-year-old man from Mqabba. The man was certified dead on the spot. An inquiry is being held. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:06:00 +0200

Messi banned for four international matches Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, starting with last night’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at a match official, FIFA said yesterday. The decision was announced less than six hours before kickoff of the match in La Paz and means the five-times world player of the year will play in only one of Argentina’s remaining five World Cup qualifiers. His absence will be a severe blow to the two-times world champions who are struggling in the marathon South American campaign where results have included home defeats by Ecuador and Paraguay and a 3-0 mauling by arch-rivals Brazil. FIFA said Messi had “directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during the 1-0 win over Chile on Friday, in which he scored the only goal from a penalty. Television pictures showed him swearing at Brazilian linesman Emerson Augusto do Carvalho at the end of the match after being harried and fouled by Chile’s Jean Beausejour. The official patted him on the head and tried to calm him down but Messi kept ranting. FIFA told the Argentine Football Association (AFA), published by Argentine media, that the incident was not detailed in the... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:43:00 +0200

Britain set to trigger Brexit today - Letter to be handed to Tusk at 1.30pm

Britain will take the first step on its "momentous journey" to a future outside the European Union when Prime Minister Theresa May launches divorce proceedings that will bring to an end a relationship of more than 40 years. The Prime Minister has signed the letter that starts the formal exit process and the historic document will be hand-delivered by a senior diplomat to EU chiefs. It will mark the start of complex and contentious negotiations that put the UK on course to break its ties with the Brussels club by the end of March 2019. Mrs May will urge the UK to "come together" as she looks to the heal the deep wounds caused by a referendum campaign that left the UK mired in division. The UK PM's top team will gather around the Cabinet table at No 10 this morning as she updates them on the content of the letter formally invoking Article 50. Some time after 1.30pm, the premier will inform MPs that Brexit is being triggered and in Brussels, British ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow will deliver the document to Europe an Council president Donald Tusk. Once it has been accepted, Article 50 has been officially launched. The PM will tell the Commons she will represent "every person... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:43:00 +0200

EU directives curtailing livelihood and future of Maltese fishermen - Alfred Sant

EU directives have curtailed the livelihood and the future of Maltese and Gozitan traditional fishermen whose catches are disproportionately restricted for tuna, shortly for swordfish and will soon be restricted for lampuki, former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said. Speaking in the European Parliament, Dr Sant, an MEP, said EU directives applied at national level requiring a cull of fishermen’s fleets had further loaded the dice against traditional fishermen as contrasted to larger scale enterprises. Data relating to how catches were developing ended up skewed in favour of the larger scale enterprises. "This is unfair,” Dr Sant said when explaining why he voted against a resolution on the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector. He said traditional fishermen felt suspicious about the way by which to a large extent, data about the fisheries industry was collated and used to regulate the industry. They believed that the data collected over time served to screen the impact of the large operators, to their detriment when it came to allocating fishing quotas on a Union and on a national to preserve fish stocks. “Many traditional fishermen operate on a family basis. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:40:00 +0200

EU top court upholds sanctions against Russia’s oil major Rosneft

Europe’s top court yesterday upheld European Union sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, including on its largest oil group Rosneft, in a ruling that asserts the Court’s jurisdiction over the bloc’s foreign policy. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and stepped them up as Moscow went on to support a separatist rebellion in Ukraine’s industrial east. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said “restrictive measures... in response to the crisis in Ukraine against certain Russian undertakings, including Rosneft, are valid.” With the ruling, the ECJ established its jurisdiction to rule on matters of the EU’s common foreign and security policy, an area of fierce contention between Brussels and national governments seeking to maintain sovereignty. A lawyer for Rosneft told reporters he was disappointed with the outcome. “I would also say it is a setback for judicial protection in the EU in the area of sanctions because the court accepts... the fact that a company is partially state-owned is sufficient for it to be a target of sanctions,” Lode van den Hende said. The court said it believed encroaching on Rosneft’s right to do business... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:35:16 +0200

Man, 26, stabbed in Birkirkara

A 26-year-old man from Naxxar was grievously injured in a stabbing incident early this morning. The police said their assistance was sought out at Triq Tumas Fenech in Birkirkara at 1.10am. When officers arrived on site, they found the injured man who was then transferred to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance. An inquiry is being held. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0200

Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says Air Malta is planning to reduce flying staff by at least 60. It also reports President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca’s statement on Times Talk, that political parties should be funded by the state. The Malta Independent says there were 1,516 divorces since divorce was introduced four years ago. L-Orizzont says Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has proposed a 30 kilometre per hour speed limit in town and village cores. In-Nazzjon says the EU's future has started to be planned in Malta with the activities and commitments linked to the European Peoples Parties congress being held here. Malta Today says that Broadcasting Authority chairwoman Tanya Borg Cardona has resigned after an eight-week standoff with employees. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:24:00 +0200

Football news Robbie Fowler believes the Merseyside derby will provide a fitting Anfield send-off for former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Ronnie Moran. Moran, who served Liverpool in a variety of capacities for 49 years, died last Wednesday at the age of 83. Tributes are set to take place when Everton visit in the Premier League on Saturday. “I’m actually quite glad it’s against Everton, the next game,” said ex-Reds striker Fowler. “I think the Everton fans, when things like this happen, they are so respectful as well. He was involved in almost 100 derbies throughout his career. I think Everton will appreciate that.” Moran made 379 appearances for the Reds between 1952 and 1968. Friendly abandoned after pitch invasion An international friendly bet-ween African rivals Senegal and the Ivory Coast near Paris was abandoned on Monday as fans invaded the pitch and confronted the players. A group of spectators outside the ground climbed over security fences and entered the stadium just before the trouble began as the match entered the final two minutes, level at 1-1. Stewards struggled to keep the pitch invaders under control, with one fan appearing to rugby tackle Senegal’s Lamine... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:13:05 +0200

Health and safety at workplace Most workers face health and safety risks whether they are working in an office, a printing press or a quarry. While more importance is today being given to psychological health and safety issues in the workplace, many employees still risk losing their lives or being permanently physically injured because of occupational accidents. The Occupational Health and Safety Authority annual report has confirmed what many have feared for a long time: health and safety management is still lax in many workplaces putting the lives of workers at risk unnecessarily. The details in the report are worrying indeed. For example, only half the quarries in this country have conducted an adequate risk assessment of the dangers to workers despite being legally obliged to do so. No documented evidence has been forwarded to the health and safety watchdog that the 16 quarries that were inspected had, in fact, provided the necessary training for workers in 2016. Safety awareness in printing presses does not seem to be much sharper either. The report reveals that safety guards, emergency stops and electrical circuit breakers had only been installed in six out of 50 presses inspected. The responsibility of... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:12:13 +0200

Sea weed? No, that's marijuana

A 52-year-old man called emergency services after finding a bale of marijuana washed up on a Florida beach. Jeff Stolowitz said he was walking on Daytona Beach when he spotted the object, shaped like a giant cigar. As he got closer, he saw a ripped edge and what appeared to be blood. That is when he called for help. Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Mike Berard said drugs sometimes wash ashore when the surf kicks up. He said small amounts are typically tested and disposed of, but larger amounts are transferred to another agency. Capt Berard said officers have found cocaine, medical waste and 30-gallon drums of diesel fuel on the beach after big storms or high surf. ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:11:00 +0200

Sporting briefs Wright-Phillips: Shaun Wright-Phillips’s son D’Margio has been called into the England Under-16 squad. The Manchester City academy member is continuing a proud family tradition as his father and grandfather both won international recognition. Dad Shaun, currently playing in the US for Arizona side Phoenix Rising, won 36 England caps and scored six goals. And his grandfather Ian Wright, the former Arsenal striker, won 33 senior caps and scored nine goals. Ali quits: United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali resigned yesterday after a loss to Australia dealt an all but fatal blow to the country’s chances of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia. Ali called time on a highly successful stint in charge of his country in the wake of the 2-0 defeat by the Socceroos in Group B of Asian qualifying. Woodgate: Former M’Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate has rejoined the Premier League club as first-team coach. Woodgate becomes the latest addition to Steve Agnew’s coaching staff following the appointments of Joe Jordan and Paul Jenkins. “He brings a wealth of experience from the highest level of the game, and he’s a fantastic character,” Agnew said.  Lallana: Liverpool have been dealt a huge... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:01:00 +0200

Educating before enforcing The introduction of a warning ticket for minor offences by motorists this month was a source of discussion for many. I have followed media reports, articles and comments from different individuals representing their views or the views of the entity they represent. I have taken note of all of these opinions, the absolute majority of which I must say were extremely valid and very well balanced in their arguments to sustain their position.  Rather than answering the different opinions expressed in favour and against this initiative, my intention is to provide the context for the decision for such an initiative.  For information purposes, I am including the warning tickets that have been issued for each of the six infringements identified through the initiative during the first week since its introduction: broken glass lights – six warning tickets, lights not in order – 44 warning tickets, illegal parking – 414 tickets, vehicle not fit to be used on the road – 45 tickets, defective silencer – four tickets, and licence not affixed – 388 tickets. In its electoral manifesto of 2013, the Labour Party pledged to reform the local warden system.  We have carried out consultation exercises... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:59:08 +0200

Air Malta planning to reduce flying staff by at least 60

A file photo of an Air Malta flight crew

Air Malta is planning to reduce its flying staff – mainly pilots and cabin crew – by at least 60 by the end of June to slash costs, as a plan submitted to Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis shows. According to the plan, prepared by the ailing carrier’s top management last summer, it is aiming to have 28 fewer pilots and 34 fewer cabin crew members as it strives to make ends meet. The plan goes into details as to the number of jobs that have to be axed and the savings projected from such move. It states that, in the case of cockpit staff – paid handsome salaries – a reduction of 16 captains and 12 first officers is needed to save  the airline about €3 million a year. The company is also aiming to save €1.2 million through axing 19 pursers and 15 air stewards. No numbers are mentioned in relation to the ground staff jobs that the airline will be shedding. However, the plan envisages that ground operations will be hived off and all employees transferred to a new government company. The airline will then hire the services from the new company according to requirements. The complete privatisation of ground operations are not being excluded, according to the plan. Following a threat... ... Pubdate: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:58:03 +0200








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