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Cardona: The more they lie about us, the more they strengthen us

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:27:00 +0200
Embattled Economy Minister Chris Cardona told the annual general conference of the Labour Party on Wednesday evening that 'the more they lie about us, the more they strengthen us'. He said to applause that faced with intensifying lies and attacks, the Labour Party was showing its strength through unity. The deputy leader for party affairs was closing the annual general conference themed ‘Tomorrow’s Malta’. He said he was making it a point not to react “aggressively” to current attacks on the advice of the prime minister, who had urged him to be calm and speak about positive issues. Dr Muscat had pointed out to him that even many within the PN were ignoring the current attacks. Last week, the first in a series of stories published as part of the Daphne Project quoted witnesses claiming Dr Cardona had been seen drinking with one of the three men facing charges of murdering Ms Caruana Galizia. The minister denied the claims. At the PL conference, Dr Cardona said PL distinguished itself not with nice slogans, but with concrete action, and the party seemed to be following in the government’s steps. The government had achieved economic growth and a national surplus, and the party had... >
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Watch: NBA roundup: Sixers, Warriors advance

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:22:00 +0200
JJ Redick scored 27 points to lift the Philadelphia 76ers past the visiting Miami Heat 104-91 to clinch the teams' first-round playoff series in five games Tuesday night. Redick scored 20 or more points in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career as the third-seeded Sixers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 2012. They will meet either the second-seeded Boston Celtics or the seventh-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Joel Embiid scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Ben Simmons had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Marco Belinelli chipped in with 11 points and Robert Covington had 10. Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 18 points, Tyler Johnson added 16 and Goran Dragic had 15. Justise Winslow scored 12 points and Dwyane Wade had 11. Warriors 99, Spurs 91 Golden State responded to its first loss of the postseason with a championship-type defensive effort, suffocating San Antonio to complete a 4-1 win in the first round of the NBA playoffs at Oakland, Calif. The defending champions, seeded second in the West this year, advance to a Western Conference semifinal matchup with the sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, who scored a... >
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Malta football coach Tom Saintfiet dismissed

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:46:00 +0200
The Malta Football Association said on Wednesday it had relieved Tom Saintfiet of his duties as national team coach. It followed local and international media reports mentioning Mr Saintfiet as one of the candidates who applied for the post of coach of Cameroon. The MFA said its officials met Mr Saintfiet to discuss the matter and torequest the necessary reassurances. "Following a thorough analysis of the situation, a decision has been taken to relieve Mr Saintfiet of his duties as National Team Coach," the association said. His contract has been terminated.  He was only appointed in October last year. Earlier, Saintfiet had denied that he applied to take charge of the Cameroon national team. Cameroon has been without a coach since Hugo Broos left last February. The 66-year old Dutch coach had led the Indomitable Lions to the African Cup of Nations crown in 2017.   "I strongly deny that me or an agent on my behalf has applied for this vacancy," Saintfiet had told Times of Malta. "I understand that it is not right and respectful to apply for another coaching position while you are still under contract with someone else. "Moreover, it does not make sense that I leave my current... >
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Schembri, Mizzi advisers Nexia BT sat on power station selection committee

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:30:00 +0200
Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi’s financial advisers Nexia BT played a role in selecting who would build and run the new gas-fired power station, documents show. Questions have long been raised about whether the call for expressions of interest to build a new power station was tailored for the Electrogas consortium in a pre-2013 election deal. Both the local businessmen behind the consortium and the government reject any such suggestions. The government last year refused to disclose to Parliament the names of those who sat on the selection committee, citing confidentiality. A freedom of information request by the Times of Malta on behalf of the Daphne Project, however, has revealed that Nexia BT managing partner Brian Tonna sat on the Enemalta selection committee handling the new project, along with three other staff members from the same financial services firm. Nexia BT and its subsidiaries had other roles in the new power station project, which was the Labour government’s selling point for the 2013 election. Nexia BT is the firm that opened the secret Panama companies for the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi. The New Zealand... >
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After long discussion, the age of sexual consent is lowered to 16

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:14:00 +0200
The age of consent was officially lowered to 16 on Wednesday in a move that was welcomed by the National Youth Council. Parliament on Wednesday gave the third reading to the Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Bill, which includes an amendment lowering the age of consent. It now only needs the President's signature to become law. The council said Malta was bringing the age of consent to the same level as most other EU countries. It urged the government to launch an educational campaign among young people, including education on self-testing and contraceptives, and facilitate access to medical services. It also called for improved sexual health clinics, including the setting up of such a clinic in Gozo.  A long process The process to lower the age of consent has been a long one. Then Nationalist MP Franco Debono called for a lowering of the age of consent in a speech in parliament in 2010. The youth council made recommendations for lowering the age of consent in 2015. In May 2015, a joint meeting of Parliament’s standing committees on health, social affairs and family affairs heard arguments that lowering the age of consent to sexual activities from 18 to 16 would not... >
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