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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

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

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

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

Muscat raises spectre of Russian meddling in Maltese election

Updated 1pm - Added Farrugia comments Malta's Security Services services have been alerted to possible Russian interference in the local general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning.  The Prime Minister was reacting to a report published on Intelligence Online which said that the UK's MI6 and the US CIA were concerned about "possible interference" in Malta's election process. The report suggested the Egrant whistleblower was part of a Russian power play.  Dr Muscat said the government had no evidence that the whistleblower, a Russian national known as Maria E., was linked to the Kremlin. He however added that allied security services had warned their Maltese counterparts to expect retaliation for Malta's decision to refuse to refuel Russian warships heading to Syria back in October 2016, as well as the government's push accelerate the visa waiver programme for Ukraine. Read: Muscat asks inquiring magistrate to investigate Egrant claims The Intelligence Online report claims that Maria E. shares an apartment with another Russian, which it named as Alex Zaslavsky, and that she now worked for a recently-incorporated firm, MTACC Ltd, which Mr Zaslavsky was... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 09:55:00 +0200

Malta-themed garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Updated 1.20pm A garden inspired by a Maltese quarry has been named the best show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.  The M&G Garden, designed by award-winning gardener James Basson, features exposed limestone walls as well as endemic Maltese plant species hitherto never seen before on UK shores.  Two Maltese limestone pillars form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.  Six articulated trucks full of Maltese limestone were used to build the garden, with Halmann Vella experts used to help with the build.  INTERVIEW: Malta 'a microcosm of our planet's plight,' says Basson Carob and mastic trees, Maltese sea lavender and Maltese spurge all feature alongside species such as myrtle, bay, buckthorn and olive, fig and pomegranate trees. Some of the species used have never before been seen on British shores.  Mr Basson, who has dominated the Chelsea Flower Show winners' tables in recent years, was inspired by the Maltese landscape after coming across a quarry in Gozo, the Telegraph reported.  "When I had the chance of coming to Malta for a design job, I came to see it and was blown away,” he said.  In an interview, Mr... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 09:25:00 +0200

Labour government would retain current retirement age

A new Labour government would not increase the retirement age or national insurance but would come up with incentives to encourage people to save, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this mornng. Addressing a news conference at Mdina, he said that to encourage future generations to save, the government would give parents €300 if they saved up to €2,000 for their children. In another initiative, it would increase by €40 a week the income of an average family with two children of exam age attending non-state schools. A new Labour government would also help families become homeowners - not by increasing the subsidy on rentals or building new property - but by helping them with guarantees to ensure they were able to afford their repayments. The government was looking to extend the agreement it had with APS Bank on this system to include other banks. People could also be exempted from the payment of withholding tax on property, as long as this went towards certain types of investments. Labour, Dr Muscat said, did not agree with the idea of free childcare for all. This would mean an enormous explosion in the cost of the programme, raising this to some €50 million, and it was unaffordable. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 08:45:00 +0200

Donald Trump holds Vatican meeting with Pope Francis

President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Mr Trump arrived on Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his nine-day international trip. The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Mr Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees. Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 08:40:00 +0200

Billboard guerillas take over PL, PN posters

A number of billboards belonging to the Nationalist and Labour Parties were sprayed over last night with the phrase "PLPN Qażżistu 'l Alla". The "sprayers", describing themselves as Billboard Guerillas, said in a statement this morning that the way every inch of the country had been filled with stupid and hollow slogans was emblematic of the PL and PN's total occupation of the political, mental and social spaces. Since the June 3 election date was announced, the Labour and Nationalist parties have covered miles of roads, railings and walls with political slogans and messages. This, they said, was "a symbolic attack on this occupation amidst a suffocating electoral campaign which is posing a challenge to the sanity of many". The Billboard Guerillas said the two main parties had taken over all of Malta's institutions so that they, together with their unelected friends in high positions, continued exercising unchecked power. "Whilst every so often the colour of those in government changes, power remains in the hands of the same people who carry out the same kind of policies - they feed the fat cats and cheat on the rest. "Clearly, they like to put on a show and accuse each other... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 07:42:00 +0200

Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says a group of Maltese nationals caught up in Monday’s Manchester suicide bombing, which left at least 22 people dead, returned home safely yesterday. In another story, it says dozens of Air Malta part-time ground-handling workers were given an indefinite contract two weeks before the election. MaltaToday says that 43.3 per cent of floating voters are undecided. L-Orizzont says Malta is among the favourite states being names to host the European Medicines Agency. The Malta Independent says Playmobil Malta’s cheap payments lead to precarious work. In-Nazzjon quotes Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil saying that the Egrant inquiry would not be concluded before the election. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 07:02:00 +0200

Group of Maltese caught up in Manchester's suicide bombing return home

A group of Maltese nationals caught up in Monday’s Manchester suicide bombing, which left at least 22 people dead, returned home safely yesterday. A lone bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm on Monday as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande. An eight-year-old girl was among those killed in the bombing, which injured at least 59 people, including 12 children. The UK police named the bomber as Salman Abedi, 22, and terrorist group Isis claimed responsibility. Read: Girl aged 8 among Manchester bombing victims - Suspect named, IS claims responsibility No Maltese are believed to be among the casualties, according to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who expressed his solidarity with the victims of the “brutal” attack. Luanne Galea, who was part of the only group of Maltese people believed to have been present, told One News she had only become aware of what had happened when she heard someone shouting to get out of the building as quickly as possible. “There was blood on the floor, loose shoes and a lot of children screaming. Many of the people there were children... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 06:46:00 +0200

Manchester attack: UK's May raises threat level to 'critical'

Britain has increased its security threat level to "critical" from "severe" following a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children, Prime Minister Theresa May said. Read: Girl aged 8 among Manchester bombing victims - Suspect named, IS claims responsibility May also said members of the armed forces would boost security at key sites and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and sports events. She said the independent body which sets the threat level had recommended it be raised after a man named by police as Salman Abedi set off an improvised bomb on Monday night as crowds streamed out of a concert. "It is now concluded on the basis of today's investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical," she said in a televised statement following a meeting of the government's crisis response committee. ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 06:33:00 +0200

Guitarist Arango takes the stage

Ali Arango will perform masterpieces by Bach, Paco de Lucia, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Paganini, Barrios-Mangoré and Tárrega.

One of the most prominent guitarists of his generation, Ali Arango is performing in Malta this tomorrow and on Saturday. The musician graduated from the conservatory Amadeo Rodán (Havana, Cuba) in 2001. He was also a student of maestros Antonio Alberto Rodríguez (Biki) and Joaquín Clerch. Arango has received occasional lessons from Leo Brouwer as well as participated in different projects with him. Arango, who is known for his balanced mix of subtleness and expressive force, was awarded many prizes including first prize at the A. Segovia International Guitar Competition in Spain and first prize at the German International Guitar Competition in Düsseldorf, among others. In Malta, Arango will perform masterpieces by Bach, Paco de Lucia, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Paganini, Barrios-Mangoré and Tárrega.   Arango will perform tomorrow at 9pm and on Saturday at 8pm at the Carmelite Basilica in La Valletta. For more information or to book tickets, visit  https://www.classictic.com/en/valletta/basilica_of_our_lady_ of_mount_carmel/1594/ ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:03 +0200

Stillness Speaks

Stillness Speaks portrays how choosing to be still allows us to be present as fully conscious, living beings and to truly see the beauty around us.

Niels Plotard invites audiences to be still for some time as they admire his work Stillness Speaks. Choosing to be still allows us to be present as fully conscious, living beings and to truly see the beauty around us. Stillness is also the best possible state on which to build a true connection with another human being. Presented through video, sound, pictures and performance, Stillness Speaks invites audiences to connect with the work by taking action or by simply being present.   Stillness Speaks forms part of Mavin Khoo’s project Open Space in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv. It will run from tomorrow at 9am till Saturday, June 24. For more information or to book your tickets visit http://www.kreattivita.org/en/event/il-kwiet-jitkellem/ ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:02 +0200

From Renaissance to Baroque The International Institute for Baroque Studies, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, will be holding a public lecture titled ‘From Renaissance to Baroque: Findings on the Palace of the Grand Masters in Valletta’ by Theresa Vella. Vella is an art historian and consultant museologist. She lectures in baroque painting and sculpture at the International Institute of Baroque Studies. The lecture will be held today at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in St George’s Square, Valletta, at 6.30pm. Admission is free.   For more information visit www.iicvalletta.esteri.it ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:01 +0200

The Gżira Project

The Gżira Project will take audiences on a tour of the backstage rooms of the Salesian Theatre from the 1940s to the present day.

The Gżira Project is an immersive community theatre experience that tells the hidden stories of the women who worked behind the scenes of the Salesian Theatre until they were eventually allowed on stage with the men in the 1970s. Audiences will be taken on a tour of the backstage rooms of this historic old building from the 1940s to the present day  to hear both factual and fictional fragments from the lives of the women who sewed, painted, fed and brought up the next generation while their husbands, fathers and brothers acted on stage. Through real-life stories, actual events and experiences, the theatre has traced the history of this unique ‘island’ in the busy centre of Sliema. Working with performers who are both descendants of the original theatre-workers and some who are entirely new to the area, the organisers have created a wholly original piece. The cast is an international one, ranging from German to South American, and covers an age range from seven to 75. The performance, which includes song, dance, laughter and the spoken word,  will include contributions by Leanne Ellul, winner of the Francis Ebejer Award for new writing and experimental electronic artist, composer... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:00 +0200

Announcements BARRETT. On May 20, at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, CATHERINE, née Pirotta, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband Paul and daughter Melanie and her husband Mark, her brothers Joseph and his wife Maria and Godfrey and his wife Mary Rose, her sister-in-law Mary Rose, her brother-in-law James, her nephews and nieces Edward, Jonathan, and Davinia; and from the UK and Canada her sister-in-law Lamenda, brother-in-law Alan and wife Glenda, with nephews James, John and David, grandchildren Daniel and Rachel, her cousin Monica and husband Charles, friends and neighbours. Mass will be said today, Wednesday, May 24, at 10am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church, Gżira, followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No black colours to be worn as per Catherine’s request. Lord, grant her eternal rest. Special thanks go to all at Oncology Ward 1 and the Palliative Care Unit for their great kindness and outstanding dedication. GALEA. On May 22, at home, Dr EDWIN GALEA of Sliema, aged 92, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Mary, his children... ... Pubdate: Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:00 +0200

FACTBOX-What is known about suspected Manchester attacker Abedi

The suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, northern England has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, British police said.  Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth, US security officials said, citing British intelligence officials. His parents emigrated from Libya to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester, where they have lived for at least 10 years, the officials said. A US government source said investigators were looking at whether Abedi had travelled to Libya and whether he had been in touch with Islamic State militants there. Police raided a house in Elsmore Road in Fallowfield earlier on Tuesday. A 23-year-old man arrested by police in a separate move in south Manchester in connection with the attack  was believed to be Abedi's brother, news reports said. Abedi had a sister named Jomana Abedi, the US security officials said.  Abdalla Yousef, a spokesman for the Didsbury Mosque in Manchester, said Abedi's father and brother had prayed there but Abedi had worshipped at another mosque. "I have managed to track down somebody who knows the family. He confirmed his father and sister and... ... Pubdate: Tue, 23 May 2017 22:01:00 +0200

Watch: Muscat addresses activity in Mellieha

Prime minister Joseph Muscat addressed a political event in Mellieha this evening, where he also referred to a magistrate's decision to refer files handed to him by Simon Busuttil to another magistrate. See the speech on video above. ... Pubdate: Tue, 23 May 2017 20:34:00 +0200








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