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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

25-31 August 2016

Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

A group of protesters gather in front of the ERA offices in Floriana to show their disapproval over the recent decisions taken by the authorities concerning the environment on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi A group of protesters gather in front of the ERA building in Floriana to show their disapproval over the recent decisions taken by the authorities concerning the environment on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA group of protesters gather in front of the ERA offices in Floriana to show their disapproval over the recent decisions taken by the authorities concerning the environment on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi A group of protesters gather in front of the ERA building in Floriana to show their disapproval over the recent decisions taken by the authorities concerning the environment on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A child plays with wooden blocks in front of the ERA offices in Floriana as demonstrators gathered in protest over the controversial decisions taken on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA child plays with wooden blocks in front of the ERA offices in Floriana as demonstrators gathered in protest over the controversial decisions taken on August 26. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A protestor carries a placard during a protest outside the ERA offices in Floriana on August 26, after the controversial high-rise projects in Mriehel and Sliema galvanised public disapproval. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA protestor carries a placard during a protest outside the ERA offices in Floriana on August 26, after the controversial high-rise projects in Mriehel and Sliema galvanised public disapproval. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A heavily-inebriated man drops to the ground to do push-ups in the middle of the street during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. 27 year-old Darren Grech was later arrested by the police after he assaulted a constable who was trying to escort him away. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA heavily-inebriated man drops to the ground to do push-ups in the middle of the street during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. 27 year-old Darren Grech was later arrested by the police after he assaulted a constable who was trying to escort him away. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Police officers arrest a heavily-inebriated man after he assaulted a police officer who was trying to escort him away during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPolice officers arrest a heavily-inebriated man after he assaulted a police officer who was trying to escort him away during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Police officers arrest a heavily-inebriated man after he assaulted a police officer who was trying to escort him away during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPolice officers arrest a heavily-inebriated man after he assaulted a police officer who was trying to escort him away during the St Julian’s feast on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill warms up at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first-ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill warms up at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first-ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill practices her breathing technique during a training session at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill practices her breathing technique during a training session at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Vladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew MirabelliVladyslava Kravchenkowill trains at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq on August 26 in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio. The 25-year-old will be competing for Malta as the country’s first ever female swimmer at the Games and the first female Paralympian representing the country since 1980. A former gymnast, Ms Kravchenko suffered a spinal cord injury after a lighting structure fell on her during a party in Qawra back in September 2008. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A child tries to grab a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 27. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA child tries to grab a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 27. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A child grabs a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 27. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA child grabs a flag on the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 27. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A man slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA man slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A man swipes grease after slipping off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA man swipes grease after slipping off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A man slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA man slips off the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's, on August 28. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A greasy pole contestant grabs the final flag at the annual gostra competition in St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA greasy pole contestant grabs the final flag at the annual gostra competition in St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A greasy pole contestant grabs the final flag at the annual gostra competition in St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA greasy pole contestant grabs the final flag at the annual gostra competition in St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A bandsman prepares a banner before a procession during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA bandsman prepares a banner before a procession during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian's on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A woman walks past an information sign that points nowhere at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA woman walks past an information sign that points nowhere at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A man feeds pigeons at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA man feeds pigeons at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Wires dangle between two rooms at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant FournierWires dangle between two rooms at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Wires dangle between two rooms at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant FournierWires dangle between two rooms at the Valletta bus terminus on August 29. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Water is pumped out of the ‘Angela Arcella’, a fishing trawler that had capsized in Grand Harbour after being struck by a larger cargo ship, after it was brought back to the surface at Laboratory Wharf on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiWater is pumped out of the ‘Angela Arcella’, a fishing trawler that had capsized in Grand Harbour after being struck by a larger cargo ship, after it was brought back to the surface at Laboratory Wharf on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The tall ship ATYLA, a two-masted wooden schooner used a s a training ship and handmade in Spain between 1980 and 1984, is seen berthed beneath Fort St Angelo on August 30. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe tall ship ATYLA, a two-masted wooden schooner used a s a training ship and handmade in Spain between 1980 and 1984, is seen berthed beneath Fort St Angelo on August 30. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A man climbs the rigging of the tall ship ATLYA at the Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa on August 30. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA man climbs the rigging of the tall ship ATLYA at the Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa on August 30. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Crew members walk on the deck of destroyer SJ Setoyuki, part of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiCrew members walk on the deck of destroyer SJ Setoyuki, part of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Rowers train for the September 8 regatta against a backdrop of scrapped material at Laboratory Wharf in Grand Harbour on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiRowers train for the September 8 regatta against a backdrop of scrapped material at Laboratory Wharf in Grand Harbour on August 29. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Two tower cranes are seen behind the ‘gardjola’ watch tower on the St James Counterguard bastions in Valletta on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTwo tower cranes are seen behind the ‘gardjola’ watch tower on the St James Counterguard bastions in Valletta on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Two traditional Maltese boats ferry passengers across the Grand Harbour on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTwo traditional Maltese boats ferry passengers across the Grand Harbour on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A large dead tuna fish is washed ashore at Pembroke on August 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA large dead tuna fish is washed ashore at Pembroke on August 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A large dead tuna fish is washed ashore at Pembroke on August 25. Picture taken with a slow shutter speed. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA large dead tuna fish is washed ashore at Pembroke on August 25. Picture taken with a slow shutter speed. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The statue of Manwel Dimech in Castille Place in Valletta is seen on August 29. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe statue of Manwel Dimech in Castille Place in Valletta is seen on August 29. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A lady walks down Merchant street with her umbrella after a brief rainstorm in Valletta on August 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA lady walks down Merchant street with her umbrella after a brief rainstorm in Valletta on August 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

People make their way down Republic Street in Valletta after a brief rainstorm on August 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPeople make their way down Republic Street in Valletta after a brief rainstorm on August 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

People make their way down Republic Street in Valletta after a brief rainstorm on August 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPeople make their way down Republic Street in Valletta after a brief rainstorm on August 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A World War II pillbox in San Gwann will soon bite the dust as the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage found no objection to give the green light for it to be demolished and replaced by a block of apartments on August 29. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA World War II pillbox in San Gwann will soon bite the dust as the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage found no objection to give the green light for it to be demolished and replaced by a block of apartments on August 29. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Prickly pears grow on the side of the World War II pill box facade in Sir Ervin Cremona Street, San Gwann, which will soon be demolished to make way for apartment blocks, on August 29. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiPrickly pears grow on the side of the World War II pill box facade in Sir Ervin Cremona Street, San Gwann, which will soon be demolished to make way for apartment blocks, on August 29. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A swimmer is accompanied by a small luzzu on arrival at Marfa on the final stretch of the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA swimmer is accompanied by a small luzzu on arrival at Marfa on the final stretch of the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A competitor makes a final push to the finish line at the end of the the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA competitor makes a final push to the finish line at the end of the the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Several boats and dinghies accompany swimmers in the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaSeveral boats and dinghies accompany swimmers in the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A girl on a canoe looks back to see a competitor arriving at Marfa after competing in the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA girl on a canoe looks back to see a competitor arriving at Marfa after competing in the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swim on August 27. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The sun sets behind the church of St Cajetan in Hamrun on August 26. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe sun sets behind the church of St Cajetan in Hamrun on August 26. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A man dives into the sea at Qui-Si-Sana in Sliema on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA man dives into the sea at Qui-Si-Sana in Sliema on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Graffiti embellish the Qui-Si-Sana promenade in Sliema on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant FournierGraffiti embellish the Qui-Si-Sana promenade in Sliema on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A large mural by graffiti artist MTO shows a man climbing through a hole into a building in Sliema on August 31. The man emerges from the other side in the continuation of the same art piece from the side of another building in the Italian town of Sapri. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA large mural by graffiti artist MTO shows a man climbing through a hole into a building in Sliema on August 31. The man emerges from the other side in the continuation of the same art piece from the side of another building in the Italian town of Sapri. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Pigeons shelter from the sun under a bench on the Sliema promenade on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant FournierPigeons shelter from the sun under a bench on the Sliema promenade on August 31. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The setting sun is reflected on a glass window pane in a block of apartments at St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiThe setting sun is reflected on a glass window pane in a block of apartments at St Julian’s on August 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Grapes are seen at the Marsovin vineyard in Marsaxlokk on August 31. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaGrapes are seen at the Marsovin vineyard in Marsaxlokk on August 31. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A bee-eater flies overhead outside Rabat on August 31. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA bee-eater flies overhead outside Rabat on August 31. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

St Andrew’s Ivan Edgardo Paz leaps over Floriana’s Enzo Ruiz during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSt Andrew’s Ivan Edgardo Paz leaps over Floriana’s Enzo Ruiz during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

St Andrew’s Kyrian Nwoko (left) defends possession of the ball from Floriana’s Enrico Pepe during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSt Andrew’s Kyrian Nwoko (left) defends possession of the ball from Floriana’s Enrico Pepe during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Floriana’s Enzo Ruiz(front) beats St Andrew’s Ryan Darmanin in an aerial challenge during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiFloriana’s Enzo Ruiz(front) beats St Andrew’s Ryan Darmanin in an aerial challenge during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Hamrun Spartans’ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (left) tries to push his way past Gzira United’s Tony during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiHamrun Spartans’ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (left) tries to push his way past Gzira United’s Tony during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Gzira United’s Souleymane Diamoutene (left) and Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (right) call an offside as Hamrun Spartans’ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza receives the ball during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiGzira United’s Souleymane Diamoutene (left) and Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (right) call an offside as Hamrun Spartans’ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza receives the ball during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Hamrun Spartans’ Patrick Teixeira (left) and Gzira United’s Gianmarco Conti challenge for a ball during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiHamrun Spartans’ Patrick Teixeira (left) and Gzira United’s Gianmarco Conti challenge for a ball during their Premier League football match at the Hibernians Stadium in Corradino on August 27. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

 

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