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  • Fundraising for Cambodia home

    Many children are annually involved in landmine accidents in Cambodia.

    The month of October is annually dedicated to the missions. The month starts with the feast of St Therese of Lisieux, the patron of missions, which falls on October 1, while the penultimate Sunday is World Mission Sunday. The message Pope Francis chose for this year’s World Mission Sunday is inspired from the biblical scripture in Acts 4:20: “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard”. He urges the faithful to support both the spiritual and financial overseas missionaries on this day. As the official missionary arm of the Holy See and the Church, Missio Malta is inviting everyone to help those in need. This month, it is spreading this message by visiting schools and parishes. On World Mission Sunday, mass will be transmitted live on local TV at 9.30am.  Part of this year’s proceeds will help the Arrupe Centre in Cambodia, a home where children with disabilities caused by landmines or diseases such as polio and cancer are treated. Landmines are still a major problem in the country. From 1975 to 1979, Cambodia went through a civil war. During the 1970s and 1980s, millions of landmines were planted across the country. Despite 20 years of efforts to get rid of...

  • Lukaku injury mars Chelsea’s rout of Malmo

    Chelsea were rocked by injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner as the holders got their Champions League campaign back on track with a 4-0 win against Malmo on Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel’s side brushed aside the Swedish minnows at Stamford Bridge thanks to Jorginho’s penalty brace and goals from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz. But Chelsea’s second Group H victory, after losing to Juventus in their previous match, was significantly tarnished by the injuries to Belgium striker Lukaku and Germany forward Werner.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Villarreal beat Young Boys to end long Champions League drought

    Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno scored as Villarreal defeated Young Boys 4-1 in Switzerland on Wednesday to record their first Champions League group stage victory in 13 years. Pino celebrated his 19th birthday by heading Villarreal ahead on six minutes at the Wankdorf Stadium and Gerard Moreno nodded in a second from a free-kick on the quarter-hour for Unai Emery’s team.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Kulusevski sinks Zenit to put Juve on brink of Champions League knockouts

    Dejan Kulusevski struck with the decisive late goal to give Juventus a 1-0 win at Zenit Saint Petersburg on Wednesday which puts them within touching distance of the Champions League last 16. Sweden attacker Kulusevski headed home Mattia De Sciglio’s cross with four minutes remaining of a largely dull contest to maintain Juve’s 100 percent record in Group H. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have a perfect nine points from their first three matches and can secure a place in the knockout stage when they host Zenit early next month.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Sane strikes as spotless Bayern sink Benfica

    Leroy Sane struck twice in the second half to inspire Bayern Munich to a 4-0 win at Benfica on Wednesday, as the German giants maintained their perfect record in the Champions League group stage this season. Bayern have now won three games in three without conceding a goal and have one foot in the next round with a five-point lead at the top of Group E. The six-time European Cup winners were twice denied the lead by VAR in a hard-fought first hour, before Sane finally broke Benfica’s defences with a fizzing dead-ball strike 20 minutes from time.    Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Ronaldo again rides to Man. United’s Champions League rescue

    Manchester United needed another Champions League fightback finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo as they came from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on course for a fifth defeat in eight games. However, United’s attacking arsenal blew the Italians away after the break as Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire drew them level before Ronaldo powered home a header nine minutes from time. Ronaldo also scored a 96th-minute winner against Villarreal in United’s previous Champions League game to mask an otherwise unconvincing performance. Continue reading this article on SportsDesk, the sports website of the Times of Malta

  • Barca edge past Dynamo to revive Champions League hopes at half-empty Camp Nou

    Gerard Pique sparked Barcelona’s flailing Champions League campaign into life on Wednesday by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, a victory that was witnessed by a half-empty Camp Nou. The attendance was recorded at 45,968, with several blocks of seating filled by only a handful of supporters for a game coach Ronald Koeman said the team had to win to have any chance of reaching the last 16. After losing both of their opening games in Group E 3-0 to Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barcelona needed victory to resuscitate their chances of progress and avoid the embarrassment of going out in the group stage for the first time since 2000.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • UEFA estimates 3 billion euro shortfall with biennial World Cup

    A report commissioned by UEFA estimates a shortfall of between 2.5 and 3 billion euros ($2.9 to 3.5 billion) over four years for European federations if FIFA adopts its controversial plan to switch to a biennial World Cup, AFP has learned. European football’s governing body presented the findings of the study to the leaders of its 55 member federations on Tuesday.    Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Men's national team face Ireland, Lithuania and Romania in Euro qualifiers

    The Malta waterpolo national teams discovered their opponents for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers as the men’s selection are bidding for a fourth qualification to the tournament finals that will be played in Split, Croatia. Initially, the qualifying campaign was expected to be split into two rounds, one in November and the other in March, with Malta, being one of the top 16 seeded teams to compete in the second part of the qualifiers. However, LEN decided to cancel the first qualification round due to the number of registered teams for the competition and there will be only one round to earn a place in the finals. Continue reading this article on SportsDesk, the sports website of the Times of Malta

  • France blocks PSG fans from Marseille on violence fears

    Paris Saint-Germain fans will be banned from travelling to Marseille for Sunday’s Ligue 1 contest after several French matches were marred by violence in recent weeks, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. “Away games by the PSG club often disrupt public order” while “certain” Marseille fans “often display violent behaviour,” the ministry said.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Jewish group in Italy denounces fascist salutes at Lazio stadium

    An Italian Jewish group called on Rome’s Lazio football team Wednesday to denounce fascist salutes appearing in a video taken at the team’s stadium. A video circulating on social networks shows a man holding a live eagle — Lazio’s mascot — and wearing the blue and white colours of Lazio as he stands in front of the team’s supporters at the stadium, raising his arm in the fascist salute.  The video shows supporters returning the salute, while shouting “Duce, Duce,” as Italy’s former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was called.    Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • ‘Too naive’ – Leipzig rue costly mistakes in PSG defeat

    Jesse Marsch admits his RB Leipzig team face their own mission impossible if they are to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League after defeat at Paris Saint-Germain meant a third straight loss in Europe. Leipzig briefly led in Paris on Tuesday before two second-half goals by superstar Lionel Messi consigned the German club to a defeat which keeps them bottom of their Champions League group.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • US unveils bids for Rugby World Cup

    US rugby chiefs formally launched a bid to stage the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, boldly predicting that bringing the sport to American soil for the first time could be a turning point for the game. At a launch presentation in Washington, USA Rugby detailed plans to stage the men’s World Cup either in 2027 or 2031, as well as the women’s tournament in 2029, utilising NFL stadia across the country.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Real Madrid star Benzema on trial in sextape case

    Real Madrid star Karim Benzema went on trial in France on Wednesday accused of complicity in the attempted blackmail of former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena who said he felt “in danger”  in a case known as the “sex tape affair”. Benzema, 33, is suspected of helping a group of alleged blackmailers approach Valbuena in 2015, in an attempt to extort money that rocked the French national side.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Proposed metro depot will sit on site earmarked for racetrack - MP

    The depot for the proposed metro will sit on the same site which the government has said it has earmarked for a motorsport track, the shadow minister for transport, Tony Bezzina, said in parliament on Wednesday. He tabled documents prepared by the government’s advisers Arup, showing the Hal Far site to be the most favoured option.  “Who is the government deceiving, the public in general or motorsport enthusiasts?” Bezzina asked. Speaking during the budget debate, Bezzina said the Opposition was not against having a metro, but proper studies were needed, not documents timed for the electoral campaign.  He also complained that some of the metro stations, as proposed, would replace gardens and open spaces. Furthermore, the proposal for the metro came with costs which the government had kept hidden, such as higher taxes for on-street parking, road licences, fuel and building permits.  Bezzina referred to plans for a free bus service and said the government was showing it had not planned properly before making the announcement. He also spoke briefly on road works, calling for better planning and criticising the fact that spending on this sector would decrease.  Capital projects...

  • Balzan FC confirm departure of coach Mark Miller

    Balzan FC have confirmed that Mark Miller is no longer their first-team coach. On Tuesday, the Times of Malta revealed that the English coach had stepped down from his post with immediate effect after discussions with the club’s top hierarchy. The Premier League club confirmed Miller’s departure in a club statement. “Balzan FC would like to announce that Mark Miller has stepped down as first-team coach for Balzan FC,” the club said in a statement. “President Anton Tagliaferro said “ I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark for his dedication and hard work in the 18 months since he was appointed as Balzan FC coach and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.” Continue reading this article on SportsDesk, the sports website of the Times of Malta

  • Banks asked no questions, court told in money laundering case

    Banks asked no questions as millions of euro flowed between offshore and local companies, a court heard on Wednesday as proceedings kicked off against Pier-Paul Debono, 42. The police had launched investigations on the basis of information learned from investigations into his brother, Darren Debono. Pier-Paul Debono is pleading not guilty to charges of money laundering between 2014 and 2016 when he temporarily held the post of director in his brother’s company, World Water Fisheries Ltd. He also denied knowingly or negligently making false declarations to auditors, destroying, altering or falsifying documents and breaching company laws. Prosecuting Inspector James Turner testified that although receipts for payment were issued by a company called Timodia, it was discovered that one of Darren Debono’s companies was actually the recipient of those payments. The inspector also said that there was evidence of shareholder loans between World Water Fisheries and other companies such as ADJ Trading Ltd, Andrea Martina and Oceano Blu. While offshore funds were channelled through those companies into World Water Fisheries, no questions were asked by local banks. The inspector said...

  • Allergy sufferer begs for vaccine exemption: 'I'm not an anti-vaxxer'

    Maria Ciappara has an undiagnosed severe allergy that causes her face and throat to swell and blocks her airways.

    A young woman with an undiagnosed severe allergy that causes her face and throat to swell and blocks her airways is battling to get a COVID-19 vaccine exemption after several doctors advised her against taking the jab for fear it will trigger another potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. The absence of a vaccine certificate meant that Maria Ciappara, 23, had to miss her graduation since only vaccinated Mcast students were allowed in. “I feel very defeated. I’m not an anti-vaxxer. If I could, I’d be the first to take the vaccine. “But, over the past months, so many doctors have advised me not to take it… I’m not asking to be vaccinated to go to parties. But I don’t want to be a second-class citizen,” she said, adding there was already talk of restaurants and even employers requesting jab certificates in future. Mystery allergy As she recounted her story, Ciappara explained that, as a child, she suffered a severe allergic reaction, the cause of which was never identified. Then, this February, she suffered her second one. This happened at about the time when the COVID-19 vaccine started being rolled out. As she visited doctors to get to the bottom of her condition – and treat a...

  • Back to the future as Salah spearheads Liverpool’s revival

    Liverpool came close to missing out on this season’s Champions League but with Mohamed Salah in stunning form and a clean bill of health, Jurgen Klopp’s men look like contenders for the trophy once more. Salah took his tally for the season to 12 goals in just 11 games with a double as the Reds enjoyed a victorious return on Tuesday to the Wanda Metropolitano, where they won the Champions League two years ago.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

  • Ronaldo wearing ‘wrong’ shirt at Dubai’s Madame Tussauds

    Dubai’s Madame Tussauds said Wednesday it will soon change the shirt of the wax figure of Cristiano Ronaldo after online backlash that the Portuguese footballer was wearing the “wrong” jersey. London’s renowned waxwork museum opened this week in its first outpost in the Arab world in Dubai, with Ronaldo’s wax figure donning the striped black and white shirt of his previous team, Italy’s Juventus.  In August, Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the English Premier League on a two-year contract with an option to extend that deal by a further season. Continue reading this article on SportsDesk, the sports website of the Times of Malta 

Thursday, 21 st October 2021
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