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Two admit to robbing Gzira shop, five years after being charged

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Two admit to robbing Gzira shop, five years after being charged

- File photo A thief and his accomplice have been handed conditional discharges for stealing from premises in Gzira belonging to baked goods producer Golden Harvest. Leonard Seisun, 32, had been accused of theft, whilst Helen Agius, 39, had been charged with complicity, having been the getaway driver. On 20th June this year, Magistrate Ian Farrugia heard Seisun and Agius admit to having stolen aluminium and other objects from Golden Harvest in 2012, five years after they were charged

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Man, 25, succumbs to injuries sustained in Spinola Bay fall

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Man, 25, succumbs to injuries sustained in Spinola Bay fall

- The victim fell one storey from a building in Spinola (Photo: TVM) A fun night out with friends on Friday evening has ended in tragedy as a 25-year-old man has succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall at Spinola Bay. The Dutchman, identified as Vince Roy Welten, passed away at Mater Dei Hospital, one week after being critically injured in the fall from

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Decision on ODZ old people’s home in Naxxar postponed

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Decision on ODZ old people’s home in Naxxar postponed

- Photomontage showing view of old people’s home A decision by the Planning Authority to approve the development of a large elderly residence on an outside development zone in the limits of Naxxar has been postponed, with the board expected to meet at a later date. The decision was expected yesterday and, even though it was postponed, the PD issued a statement condemning the decision "to greenlight" the project

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Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

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Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

- A book of Chile's Civil Police with declassified files related to Nazi espionage in Chile is displayed after it was made public to be delivered to the archives in Santiago, Chile Chilean police released archive documents on Thursday relating to its investigation during World War Two that uncovered how Nazi supporters in the country aided the Third Reich, including by supplying information and plans to bomb mines in Chile and destroy the Panama Canal

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Deadly London tower blaze began in Hotpoint fridge freezer, police say

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Deadly London tower blaze began in Hotpoint fridge freezer, police say

- Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block A fire that killed at least 79 people at a London tower block started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer, and the outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, London police said on Friday. The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer which was involved

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Markets in limbo | Calamatta Cuschieri

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Markets in limbo | Calamatta Cuschieri

- Global markets turned out mixed results in Thursday’s trading Global markets turned out mixed results in Thursday’s trading with oil continuing to cast a shadow over the markets despite closing up from multi-month lows. Brent crude futures were up, however remain under pressure from oversupply despite OPEC’s efforts to rebalance the market. Tracking this, shares in oil companies weighed down on the FTSE with the Royal Dutch Shell and BP amongst the biggest movers

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PA grants permission to demolish two townhouses in Gozitan main square

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PA grants permission to demolish two townhouses in Gozitan main square

- Two days before the 3 June general election, the Planning Authority approved the demolition of two characteristic townhouses in the heart of Zebbug, Gozo to make way for a nine-room hotel, a shop and four apartments. The application was presented by developer Joseph Portelli. The site falls within the Urban Conservation Area, in the main square of Zebbug. Surprisingly, no concerns were raised about the proposed demolition of the existing building by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage, which concluded that “the existing properties do not have such cultural heritage value as to warrant their preservation”

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Bonnici edges Barbara by six votes to win MUT election

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Bonnici edges Barbara by six votes to win MUT election

- There was no love lost between contenders for teachers’ union top job Following an exhaustive campaign – postponed because of the general election – and fraught with accusations, allegations and judicial protests, Marco Bonnici has been elected to be the new president of the Malta Union of Teachers. Bonnici won 1,200 votes while Franklin Barbara, who also contested the election for the same post, trailed behind by only six votes, ending up with 1,194

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Jailed bouncers' prison sentence reduced to probation on appeal

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Jailed bouncers' prison sentence reduced to probation on appeal

- A jail sentence handed to two nightclub bouncers, for grievously injuring two Italian men in 2010, has been reduced to probation on appeal, on account of their personal circumstances. Security guard Stephen Catania of San Ġwann and “customer care officer” Bernard Briffa, of Valletta had originally been charged with the attempted murder of Luca Di Mauro and Riccardo Miano after they delivered a savage beating outside Clique nightclub in Paceville during the early hours of Valentine's Day, 2010

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No business blacklisted from public contracts for labour law breaches yet

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No business blacklisted from public contracts for labour law breaches yet

- Denise Vella (left) revealed that no company has yet been blacklisted from public procurement No business has yet been blacklisted from bidding for public procurement as punishment for employing workers in precarious conditions. A Commercial Sanctions Tribunal was set up in September 2015, with the competence to blacklist contractors in breach of the Employment and Industrial Relations Act from participating in government public procurement

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Some PN MPs open, others coy on sharing parliamentary group with PD

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Some PN MPs open, others coy on sharing parliamentary group with PD

- The PN parliamentary group is meeting this afternoon A few Nationalist MPs said that they are open to the possibility of Partit Demokratiku MPs Marlene Farrugia and Godfrey Farrugia joining the Opposition's parliamentary group, although several chose not to comment ahead of a meeting of a group meeting. The PN is currently holding a meeting of its parliamentary group to discuss the Partit Demokratiku’s decision to see its two MPs forming part of the PN’s parliamentary group

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Legislation failed to protect workers from asbestos

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Legislation failed to protect workers from asbestos

- The Drydocks workers became aware of the danger of asbestos without the support of their employer (File photo) The First Hall of the Civil Courts, in its constitutional jurisdiction, held that the legislation concerning workers handling asbestos was not sufficient to protect them and as a result was a breach to their right to life. This was decided on 14 June, 2017 in Maria Rosaria Fenech v Principal Medical Government Officer and the Attorney General

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis

- Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar's only land border Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, and presented to Qatar by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis, also demands the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar

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Over 400 migrants rescued at sea in Spain in past week

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Over 400 migrants rescued at sea in Spain in past week

- The number of migrants headed to Spain by sea has soared this year, rising three-fold in the first four months Over 400 migrants have been rescued at sea off the coast of southern Spain in the past week, rescue services said Thursday. Spanish coast guards rescued migrants on 16 boats making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, as an increasing amount of people seek entry into Europe through Spain

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Missing person George Galea found

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Missing person George Galea found

- George Galea was reported missing on Tuesday George Galea, a 59-year-old Birzebbugia man reported missing for the second time in eight months on Tuesday, has been found by police. In a missing persons report, the police said that Galea was last seen near his residence in Birzebbuga, wearing a black shirt and jeans and a necklace with a silver cross

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Despite residents’ opposition Gharghur council gives blessing to fireworks factory extension

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Despite residents’ opposition Gharghur council gives blessing to fireworks factory extension

- Gharghur, Madliena and Swieqi residents have been left surprised by the permit to the Ghaqda Tan-Nar San Bartilmew The Gharghur local council has no plans to appeal a permit that will see a fireworks factory in the middle of the Madliena Valley double in size, despite environmental concerns flagged by several residents. Gharghur, Madliena and Swieqi residents have been left surprised by the permit to the Ghaqda Tan-Nar San Bartilmew, which although refused back in 2014 was granted a day before the general election earlier this month

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The Cittadella Traineeship Scheme

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The Cittadella Traineeship Scheme

- The idea has never been to give these participants a government employment I refer to the news report penned by Saviour Balzan, published on Sunday, 11 June 2017 entitled: “Power of incumbency: some 1,000 Gozitans got jobs weeks before election”. More specifically, I refer to the excerpt where Mr Balzan asserted that: “Over 100 new employees from the Gozo ministry were stationed at the Cittadella in Victoria

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  • More medals for Maltese athletes at the Small Nations Games
    More medals for Maltese athletes at the Small Nations Games

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    Maltese swimming medallists. Photo: Christine Borg Rebecca Sare’ won the bronze medal during the Women’s long jump. Apart from her, Matthew Zammit, Andrew Chetcuti and Michael Stafrace also secured bronze medals in the swimming discipline. These were also joined by the Maltese team of the Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay who placed third in the final. Bronze medals were also won during tennis

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  • Rejected asylum seekers have no legal means to leave Malta, immigration official tells court
    Rejected asylum seekers have no legal means to leave Malta, immigration official tells court

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    No details about the circumstances surrounding the man's arrest emerged in court today Rejected asylum seekers have no legal means to leave Malta, a court has been told today, as one such person appeared before it on charges of failing to provide identification information to the immigration authorities. Police inspector Darren Buhagiar arraigned 34-year-old Mohammed Sied Ahmed from Eritrea before Magistrate Claire-Louise Stafrace this afternoon, accusing him of having failed to furnish the Principal Immigration Officer with information required by law

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Entertainment & Arts

  • Photos paint a picture of 19th century Malta you have never seen before
    Photos paint a picture of 19th century Malta you have never seen before

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    A collection of photos belonging to the artist Giuseppe Calleja presents an almost unbelievable vision of a Malta that has long been forgotten and replaced by the unstoppable advances of the age A collection of photos belonging to the artist Giuseppe Calleja (1828-1915), who lived in St Julian’s near Balluta Bay, presents an almost unbelievable vision of a Malta that has long been forgotten and replaced by the unstoppable advances of the age

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  • PA grants temporary permit for Comino fish farm relocation
    PA grants temporary permit for Comino fish farm relocation

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    The Planning Board approved planning permission for the temporary relocation of 6 tuna cages from the south Comino channel. The new site is approximately 5km offshore, outside Sikka l-Bajda. The permit, which is valid for two years, to relocate to this site, is an interim solution until the Department of Fisheries sets up a second aquaculture zone in the north

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  • Safaris and more at Samburu, Kenya
    Safaris and more at Samburu, Kenya

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    Picture Pride Rock, from the Lion King animated film, and then you look around you and then you realise - “Wow! Yes, this is it!” This is the gateway to Samburu National Park, found in the northern, central part of Kenya and is home to the Samburu tribe, a tribe that has been around for a fair amount of time and has kept up with most of their traditions and have held their cultural identity to high esteem

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  • Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal
    Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

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    A book of Chile's Civil Police with declassified files related to Nazi espionage in Chile is displayed after it was made public to be delivered to the archives in Santiago, Chile Chilean police released archive documents on Thursday relating to its investigation during World War Two that uncovered how Nazi supporters in the country aided the Third Reich, including by supplying information and plans to bomb mines in Chile and destroy the Panama Canal

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  • [WATCH] Media experts sound warning on Facebook’s ‘echo chambers’
    [WATCH] Media experts sound warning on Facebook’s ‘echo chambers’

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    Media experts Gorg Mallia and Carmen Sammut on Xtra. Photo: James Bianchi Social media sites, particularly Facebook, has twisted the way people consume news, local media experts have warned. Gorg Mallia, who heads the university’s media and communications department, argued that Facebook has essentially allowed people to shut out opinions they disagree with. “In the past, people would read a newspaper from cover to cover, and would therefore read both stories that they like and stories they dislike,” he said

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  • A literary homecoming | Lizzie Eldridge
    A literary homecoming | Lizzie Eldridge

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    Lizzie Eldridge What the books are about “Vandalism is a contemporary novel which takes place in a very short space of time. Duende is set in a specific period in history, unfolding in Spain between 1900 and 1936. Vandalism is written in first person and often has an immediate, sometimes stream-of-consciousness, effect, while Duende relies on a much broader working canvas

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