June 15, 2021

European Parliament sends rule of law fact-finding mission to Malta

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Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack in 2017. She had been investigating possible corruption in relation to a government contract for a new power station. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, for his poor handling of the inquiry into her […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia: The key figures in Malta’s crisis over her murder

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From BBC An investigation into the murder of a journalist is mounting unprecedented pressure on Malta’s government. Daphne Caruana Galizia relentlessly investigated corruption, which she alleged ran deep into her country’s politics, before she was killed by a car bomb close to her home in October 2017. Three people are awaiting trial for her murder […]

EBA raises ‘serious concerns’ over Malta’s financial regulator

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From International Investment The EU’s banking regulator said it has “serious concerns” on the effectiveness of the Malta Financial Services Authority’s supervision of financial institutions in the country but it did not find evidence that EU laws were breached. “With regard to the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), which is the competent authority responsible for […]

10 maps show how different LGBTQ rights are around the world

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By Shayanne Gal and Ashley Collman from Business Insider On Wednesday, Brunei instituted Sharia Law, making sodomy a capital offense. INSIDER created a series of maps to visualize how gay rights vary around the world. Despite same-sex marriage being legal in the US, homosexuality is still illegal in 35% of countries in the United Nations. […]

421-year-old palazzo

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421-YEAR-OLD PALAZZO: ONLY BTC ACCEPTED From Bitcoinist Despite the BTC price drop, the owner of a $3 million palazzo in Valletta, Malta, refuses to accept anything but Bitcoin. Malta has undoubtedly managed to establish itself as one of the friendliest nations towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain. To further attest to this, the owner of a $3 […]

How Randy Boyd’s company avoided paying millions in taxes using a ‘double Irish’ loophole

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By Dave Boucher From Nashville Tennessean A business founded by a Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate avoided paying millions in U.S. and international taxes thanks to a controversial corporate structure with a funny name. The private company, Radio Systems Corporation, deployed a tax technique generally known as a “double Irish,” according to two experts. Used in the […]

Gadget of the week

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Bag Week 2018: The Bitcoin Genesis Block backpack will centralize your belongings By John Biggs From TechCrunch Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Welcome Prince Charles by Royal wish and better sense

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By Sir Ronald Sanders For two and half years since Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Malta in 2015, the British Government had been anxious to ensure that Prince Charles should succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations. Indeed, lobbying for agreement on such a succession was already in play […]

Fly a flag for the Commonwealth 12th MarcH 2018

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Lord Mayors and Mayors, Lord Provosts, town and parish councils, local authorities and local communities, school children and college students, members of Girlguiding and the Scouts from around the UK and Commonwealth, Sea and Air Cadets, charities and community groups, Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen and major shipping lines, training ships crewed by disabled crewman people, and many […]

Marriage equality isn’t quite there yet, so same-sex couples can now get married at sea

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BY SHANNON CONNELLAN From Mashable Not living in a country where same-sex marriage is legal? Even though your own government isn’t recognising your civil right to marry whoever the heck you like, the sea will. Cruise ship company Celebrity Cruises has announced the commencement of legal same-sex marriages onboard their ships, officiated by the captain […]