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Interview

  • ‘My parents are happier apart’

    Sarah Mallia tells Kristina Chetcuti that children adapt to different situations. Sarah Mallia was on the brink of teenage-hood when her parents separated. At 13, it was a shock for her and her 10-year-old sister. However, they were not surprised,...

  • Mission not impossible

    Five years after seven vehicles belonging to the Jesuit community were torched after their support for irregular immigrants’ rights, St Aloysius’ College rector Fr Patrick Magro tells Ariadne Massa the order still receives threats. Just after...

  • Firm foundations

    Former egg seller. Ex-mayor. Construction magnate. Major donor. Staunch Nationalist. Vassallo Group chairman Nazzareno Vassallo speaks to Herman Grech as his business turns 65 this year. Nazzareno Vassallo’s foray into the business scene 50 years...

  • In a class of his own

    A man with a steely disposition who faced tense disputes head-on, outgoing Malta Union of Teachers president John Bencini tells Ariadne Massa how he was shattered by a threatening phone call from a fellow trade unionist. On July 15, 2010, at 2.35...

  • Waking from a bad dream

    Libyans no longer fear dictatorship and should be helped to remove Muammar Gaddafi, anti-regime campaigner Yousef Lamlum tells Kurt Sansone. Anti-GaddafiName: Yousef LamlumAge: 47Occupation: UnemployedBorn: MisurataIn Malta for: 20 years Libyan ...

  • People still want Gaddafi

    Libyans should be left free to decide their own future without media distortion of the truth, Gaddafi supporter Laila Losta tells Kurt Sansone. Pro-GaddafiName: Laila LostaAge: 30Works: Third secretary at the Libyan embassy in MaltaBorn: TripoliIn...

  • A very Blunt conversation

    Award winning singer-songwriter James Blunt, who is performing in Malta on April 7, tells Kristina Chetcuti how he nearly took up permanent residence in Malta, his time as an army officer in Kosovo, and most of all, his passion for...

  • Interview: Liam Fox on international reaction to Libya

    British Defence Secretary Liam Fox was in Malta for a lightning visit. Patrick Cooke put questions to him on the Libyan crisis. Are anti-Gaddafi forces capable of toppling the regime without international assistance that goes beyond sanctions? It...

  • No plane sailing reform

    Why did a reputable firm like Ernst and Young, who presumably prepared a professional audit on Air Malta, leave – only to return after having been told they did their homework badly? Ernst and Young never left. It’s that we’re tackling this issue...

  • Going all the way

    Award-winning actor, political activist and family man Martin Sheen speaks to Paula Fleri-Soler about humanity and his way in his latest film. US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec introduced Martin Sheen to the 200-odd moviegoers who packed the Embassy...

  • No remorse about divorce

    Nationalist Party general secretary Paul Borg Olivier tells Herman Grech his party has been consistent on the divorce issue. How would you describe the state of your party at this point in time? Considering the current political climate, the PN is...

  • The fight against crime

    He puts criminals behind bars, but Assistant Police Commissioner Pierre Calleja tells Kurt Sansone reality is different from the glamorous perception created by TV police series. A number of high profile hold-ups last year raised alarm bells. Is...

  • In the line of fire

    Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici has to handle a number of hot potatoes. He speaks to Kurt Sansone about parole, prison conditions, strip searches and fireworks. The Restorative Justice Bill published last week will introduce parole,...

  • ‘I will not play games’

    Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi tells Herman Grech he believes his entire team still backs him, despite the honorarium fiasco. You’ve just asked ministers to refund part of their pay increase. What made you change your mind? After three years of...

  • In defence of the profession

    Andrew Borg Cardona has been president of the Chamber of Advocates for four years. As he nears the end of his last term, he speaks to Kurt Sansone about bail, suspended sentences, the judicial system and divorce. Anger soon followed shock when...

  • They said it here

    “In this business, 80 per cent of football agents are crooks” Footballer - Daniel Bogdanovic (June 20) “I am not authoritarian and it is a great challenge for me whenever I have to impose a decision” Archbishop - Paul Cremona (June 27) “In...

  • They said it here

    “If six environmentalists chain themselves to Auberge de Castille, we call it advocacy. But when priests speak out they are accused of imposition.” Lecturer, blogger - Fr Joe Borg (January 10) “Those who know me closely know I’m not the Toni...

  • ‘Life is beautiful, despite...’

    ANNABELLE VASSALLO was diagnosed with cancer on Boxing Day in 2006. Four years on, the disease is threatening to cripple her, but Ariadne Massa finds that cancer cannot dent her steely spirit or shake her indomitable faith. A comforting aroma of...

  • More than just a game

    Malta Football Association president NORMAN DARMANIN DEMAJO tells Herman Grech he is determined to challenge the status quo. You’ve been in the job for more than three months now. What have you contributed so far? My main focus so far has been the...

  • The point with the island

    On the eve of a share issue, Midi chief executive officer BEN MUSCAT defends Tigné Point and speaks to Christian Peregin about the plans for the idyllic Manoel Island. Sitting at the boardroom table of the Midi offices nestled on Manoel Island,...

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