The Malta Independent 23 September 2018, Sunday

‘High-rise buildings without safety precautions worry me’

There is a misconception that the CPD involves just fire rescue, but there is a lot more to it than that. Would you elaborate further? Unfortunately, a lot of people do have this perception and...

I was making €3,000 a week selling weed and pills - former drug dealer

How did you first get into dealing? The basic premise is that you need money to do drugs – and the only way for me to get money at the time was by dealing, because people are always going...

Free school transport good idea but not given to all the parents who need it - Delia

'Free School transport is a good idea but not given to all the parents who need it,' Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said this morning. During a telephone interview PN leader said that even...

TMIS Editorial: Adrian Delia - Some gutsy stands, but careless on migration

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia was very much in the news this week, having spoken on a daily basis at the Nationalist Party’s Independence activities on the Granaries.  Over the week, Delia...

Maltese prelate signs Vatican breakthrough deal with China on bishop appointments

The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a...

Watch - Updated (2): 829 parents still on waiting list for school transport

829 parents of non-state school children are still on the waiting list for school transport, according to the latest statistics released by government. In a press conference addressed today,...

Police bust illegal bird taxidermy operation

The Police Force’s Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) unit has discovered an illegal bird taxidermy operation in Safi, The Malta Independent is informed.  Sources said the police arrested...

Three major Marsa road projects to be completed in coming days – Ian Borg

Cemetery intersection, the widening of the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass and the rebuilding of parts of Triq Diċembru 13 and the northern end of Triq Aldo Moro, are being completed this month and in...

Standard and Poor’s affirms Malta’s A-/A-2' ratings with a positive outlook

The Ministry for Finance said it welcomed the latest credit rating report by Standard and Poor’s which affirms Malta’s A-/A-2' ratings with a positive outlook. Standard and...

Air Malta’s suspension of pilot over Facebook comment was ‘knee-jerk’ reaction, says ALPA

A decision by Air Malta to suspend a pilot over a Facebook comment was a “kneejerk “ reaction, the airline pilots’ association (ALPA) said on Saturday.  On Friday, Air Malta...

TMID Editorial - db Project: A decision based on textbooks, but not on people’s wellbeing

The Planning Authority board’s approval of the db project in Pembroke came as no real surprise. Surely, not many actually believed that the PA would turn down the application, despite the...

latest comment from Joseph Licari, 23/09/2018 09:42: LE MONDE | 22.09.2018 à 16h16 • Mis à jour le 23.09.2018 à 06h39 L’Aquarius va-t-il devenir un pirate des mers ? Le navire humanitaire de SOS Méditerranée et de Médecins sans frontières (MSF) est sur le point de se voir retirer son pavillon par l’Etat du Panama, alors même qu’il patrouille actuellement au large des côtes libyennes, dans le cadre de sa mission de recherche et de sauvetage. L’Etat d’Amérique centrale justifie sa démarche en expliquant que l’Italie lui a signalé un comportement de l’Aquarius contrevenant au droit international. « L’autorité maritime panaméenne a engagé le processus de retrait du pavillon du navire Aquarius 2, ex-Aquarius, explique le Panama dans un communiqué publié vendredi, en raison des rapports internationaux reçus, selon lesquels le bateau ne respecte pas les procédures juridiques internationales en matière d’immigrants et de réfugiés secourus en mer Méditerranée. La principale plainte provient des autorités italiennes, qui ont rapporté le fait que le navire a refusé de ramener les migrants et réfugiés secourus à leur lieu d’origine. » Jeudi 20 septembre, au matin, dix Pakistanais – dont un mineur isolé de 14 ans – et un Ivoirien ont été secourus en mer par le navire humanitaire. Ils ont été repérés à 28 milles marins des côtes libyennes, à bord d’une barque en fibre de verre. Ils avaient quitté la ville côtière de Zouara, en Libye, la veille, aux alentours de 23 heures, et se trouvaient à plus de 120 milles marins du rivage européen le plus proche, l’île italienne de Lampedusa. Les autorités maritimes libyennes, chargées depuis juin de la coordination des secours dans cette partie des eaux internationales, avaient demandé à l’Aquarius de transférer les migrants à b
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