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Interview

  • A doctor in the House

    A doctor in the House

    Former Labour Speaker, minister, doctor and environmentalist DANIEL MICALLEF tells Herman Grech it was integrity that made him soldier on in politics, despite the odds. Daniel Micallef offers a gentle handshake and makes a beeline for his “den”, a...

  • Defending his position

    Defending his position

    For many people your resignation was like a bolt out of the blue. Is that how it was for you? No, it wasn’t like that for me because I had decided I would resign if faced with this situation a while ago. I was set on this course when the case was...

  • Two sides of the same coin?...

    Two sides of the same coin?...

    The two protagonists in the nurses’ dispute deny there is a personality clash. Health Minister Joe Cassar and Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses president Paul Pace give their sides of the story. Joe Cassar At some point patients and relatives...

  • Playing with fire

    Playing with fire

    Joseph Mangion, Lija fireworks factory secretary and friend of the Gozo blast victims tells Herman Grech it is tight legislation, not knee-jerk reactions, that should govern his controversial pastime. Fireworks enthusiast Joseph Mangion sits...

  • From one adventure to another

    From one adventure to another

    From the public roles and private lives of the judiciary to imprisoned minors and court delays, Chief Justice Vincent DeGaetano talks on the eve of his last sitting before leaving for the European Court of Human Rights. You started your term at a...

  • Catwoman and her superhuman efforts

    No amount of bullying or obstacles will thwart Martha Kane’s mission to feed or rescue stray cats. As Malta last week marked World Day for Abandoned Animals, Ariadne Massa caught up with the feline champion. Clutching five shillings in her fist,...

  • ‘Why should I resign?’

    ‘Why should I resign?’

    In his first interview since ‘admitting’ to police that he asked a contractor for commission, Sliema mayor Nikki Dimech tells Christian Peregin he is ­innocent. Sitting in his Sliema apartment office, Nikki Dimech, 31, is surrounded by framed...

  • Frankie says...

    Frankie says...

    With his recognisable shock of white hair and weather-beaten face, Frank Attard is part of The Times’ history. He tells Ariadne Massa he loved the job so much he would have worked for free. Intrigued by the violent storm, Frank Attard took a...

  • Driving Mepa forward

    Driving Mepa forward

    The Malta Environment and Planning Authority is about to embark on its biggest reform since it was set up in 1992. Mark Micallef finds out if Mepa chairman Austin Walker is geared up for it. When Austin Walker took over the hot seat as chairman of...

  • A fine balancing act

    From ST Microelectronics to Air Malta, the ball is now in workers' court Finance Minister Tonio Fenech tells Kurt Sansone. The government has agreed to give ST Microelectronics financial aid in return for investment in a new production line. But...

  • Interview: 'We must be doing something right'

    Interview: 'We must be doing something right'

    Marketing, bus drivers, hunting, Ryanair... Christian Peregin speaks to Malta Tourism Authority CEO Josef Formosa Gauci about his pivotal role in a vital sector. Malta used to be known as the "grandparents' destination" but it is slowly being...

  • The splits on divorce

    The splits on divorce

    Divorce should be permitted if it is scientifically proven that society is better off with it than without it. On this basis, Fr Peter Serracino Inglott tells Kurt Sansone, even a Catholic politician can vote in favour. Nationalist politicians...

  • Lead us not into temptation

    Lead us not into temptation

    Archbishop Paul Cremona speaks to Kurt Sansone about the Holy Communion controversy, divorce, and Church leadership. The Church is perturbed by secularisation. Why? We have to distinguish between secularisation, which is the process of dividing...

  • Defying the stereotype

    Defying the stereotype

    Earlier this month Daniel Bogdanovic officially signed on for Sheffield United. James Calvert talks to the Maltese footballer about sacrifices, families and flight simulators. Ask any group of normal, red-blooded young boys what they want to be...

  • Determined to fight on

    Determined to fight on

    With the suspension of EU youth exchange funds, Education Minister DOLORES CRISTINA has faced the worst storm of her political career. She insists there is nothing she could have done differently. The sudden suspension of educational funds for the...

  • Cracking the whip

    Cracking the whip

    As Nationalist Party whip, David Agius has one of the most thankless jobs on the government benches. He speaks to Herman Grech on the shifting mood in the PN group, constituents and revolving doors. When the 2008 general election loomed, the mood...

  • Flying through the clouds

    Flying through the clouds

    Air Malta chief executive Joe Cappello sees Ryanair's influence as a negative factor for the economy but insists he is not afraid of competition. He tells Kurt Sansone Air Malta just wants a level playing field. You recently said Malta was...

  • True blue... and orange

    True blue... and orange

    Nationalist Party general secretary Paul Borg Olivier will seek re-election to the post after his two-year term ends in June. He tells Kurt Sansone the PN is on a new mission to embrace diversity and reach out. Your term started on the wrong foot...

  • Is this what her sweet dreams are made of?

    Is this what her sweet dreams are made of?

    Thea Garrett, who left Malta yesterday to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, entered the world just as Mary Spiteri was pronounced the winner of the Eurosong festival with Little Child. She speaks to Ariadne Massa about bullying, her weight,...

  • Look, listen and speak

    Look, listen and speak

    Newly-appointed Speaker Michael Frendo tells Kurt Sansone he is no yes man and his duty will be to serve the institution. How easy will it be for you to change roles from a government MP to an impartial Speaker of the House?The most difficult part...

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