The Malta Independent 20 January 2017, Friday

Public documents show Vassallo Group paid €8 million for Lowenbrau property – Nazzareno Vassallo

“The public documents, in black on white, show that in 2009 Vassallo Group paid Marsovin Limited 8 million Euros for the purchase of the company LBM ltd. with the guarantee that the land would...

Updated: Watch: Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out 10 avalanche survivors

With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the resort. Two children were among those rescued....

Capital One inquiry extended by four weeks, to coincide with Panama Papers committee visit

The government has granted an extension to the board of inquiry investigating Nationalist Party deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami following the publication of an article in Malta Today claiming:...

Alpine Group was approached to form part of a consortium to invest into Air Malta – Tony Zahra

MHRA President, and Director of the Alpine Group Tony Zahra told The Malta Independent that his organisation, the Alpine Group, had been approached to form part of a consortium to invest in Air Malta,...

INDEPTH: No collusion to appoint my daughter to the bench – Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Anġlu Farrugia, insisted on INDEPTH that he never colluded with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, or with any other member of government to appoint his...

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Malta should not be embarrassed for using taxation as competitive instrument – Minister Scicluna

Malta is not embarrassed that we use taxation as a competitive instrument, much like wages” Minister Edward Scicluna said whilst addressing the Business Europe Tax Policy Group on the...

Minister Bartolo files for libel on reports contractor was paid almost double value of works

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo has filed for libel proceedings this morning over claims that Mr Bartolo ignored Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools’ recommendations, resulting in a...

Colombian man handed suspended sentence after injuring plain clothed officer

A Colombian national in Malta studying English has been handed a 12 month prison term suspended to two years, and a €4,000 fine after he knowingly injured a plain clothed police officer during an...

Woman seriously injured as car crashes into wall, catches fire

A woman was seriously injured nearly this morning when the car she was driving hit a wall and caught fire, the police said. The accident happened in Fortizza Road, Mosta, at 1am. The...

Ireland and Malta to probe closer ties on defence matters

Paul Kehoe, Irish Minister with responsibility for Defence, and Carmelo Abela, Malta’s Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, have agreed that officials from both countries would...

Muscat mocks families - even the vulnerable, says PN

Despite all the promises made in the last budget to address the increase in prices in housing rental – increases imposed by the current Government itself at the start of this legislature –...

Faculty of Education accuses MUT of making ‘unjustified statements’

The Faculty of Education at the University of Malta today accused the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) of making "a number of unjustified statements regarding the Faculty of Education, the very Faculty...

Editorial: Before the Trump rollercoaster

By this time tomorrow, the world will be in the Trump era. As we write, the world, especially what we call the West, Europe, live the eve with trepidation, much as one would await the arrival of...

latest comment from Angus Black, 20/01/2017 13:26: The Americans made a blind leap of faith which they are about to find out when sobriety returns after a grand celebration last night complete with a huge fireworks display, music - and massive anti-Trump marches and demonstrations in several parts of the USA. The USA will go through what Malta has been going through since 2013, with many Trump promoters being [at least in the short term] reaping huge rewards for their trouble. Listening to his short speech last night, Trump promised that 'no longer industry be permitted to relocate offshore, promised jobs, jobs, jobs and that its army, navy and air forces will be rearmed with the latest and greatest'. This one ought to revive arms manufacturers and dealers, not just in the United States, but worldwide! If Trump thinks that only he can rearm his forces, and that the Chinese, Russians and N Korea will stand still and just watch! An arms race like in Cold War times, is about to resume! Like the naive Maltese who put Gowzef in charge, the Americans will be elated when he imposes a 35% import duty on cars manufactured in Mexico in GM plants, and on foreign cars built in the US! It will be interesting to see how his 'plan' will create more jobs. Maybe when he ships out all Mexicans and Moslems who most work for substandard wages, will create a void to be filled by Americans accepting sub-par wages like the Mexicans worked for? Looks like he stole a page from Gowzef, who sent 600 unemployed to the GWU where they will be paid sub-par wages while the Union will reap a 'commission' from each and every one of them! The Americans are in for many surprises, that's for damned sure. The unfortunate part is that such surprises will not be limited just for the Americans but there will be ripple effects to the rest of the world! Seat-belts had better be worn at all times!
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