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  • The sound of suffering

    The sound of suffering

    Holy Week music has a very specific purpose that Enya just doesn’t fulfil. Stick to theme, Alex Vella Gregory tells the masters of the holy ceremonies. One of my earliest childhood memories of Good Friday is watching the Good Friday procession...

  • Open air theatre in Għargħur today

    Open air theatre in Għargħur today

    Dwal Ġodda theatre troupe will today be holding their annual Holy Week production: Ħmar Tas-Salib. The setting is a rugged, open-air stage from across the Għargħur church parvis, serving as the backdrop for a Good Friday procession that,...

  • Giving it up

    Giving it up

    And so it is Easter and what have you done? With apologies to John Lennon, the fact is that it is Lent and a time for sacrifice and fasting. Have you taken on the commitment? I went to a Catholic school some 20-plus years ago and I recall how,...

  • The evidence is clear

    The evidence is clear

    Management is one of mankind’s oldest practices in organised social units. With time, management evolved to become both an art and a science. However, this evolution meant that the artistic portion has often manifested itself as the...

  • In the right direction

    In the right direction

    Dante Alighieri starts his Divine Comedy with one of the most beautiful verses in the history of literature: “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita.” It’s also one of the truest because it is usually when we have journeyed half of our life’s way...

  • The impact of e-learning in the workplace

    The impact of e-learning in the workplace

    E-learning is one of the most important services powered by the internet. It has the potential to transform how and when employees learn and integrates a learning culture with the work environment. E-learning is not only about training and...

  • A journey towards continuous learning

    A journey towards continuous learning

    Does effective training address both personal development and organisational goals? Personal development and an organisation’s goals go hand in hand. It’s reasonable for an employee to expect that sponsored training will somehow help achieve...

  • Leading the way

    Mentoring is as old as civilisation itself and its story can be traced back to Homer’s Odyssey, where Odysseus – who is leaving to fight in the Trojan War – entrusts the care of his household and especially of his son Telemachus to mentor. Since...

  • Putting it into practice

    Putting it into practice

    Jennifer Pullicino Orlando My internship was at the House of Commons, Westminster, London with Thomas Brake MP. The stint involved carrying out casework, social media and communication assistance, carrying out research, campaigning and working on...

  • More than just colleagues

    More than just colleagues

    Can colleagues also be friends? The answer is yes, why not? Friendship is all about a mutual feeling between people. This feeling can be that of empathy, honesty, understanding, trust or compassion. I believe that if two or more persons at the...

  • Giving back

    Giving back

    Joe Galea and Mary Rose Scalpello tell Claire Caruana about their experience as volunteers with the Malta Hospice Movement, highlighting the importance of ongoing training even in voluntary work. Joe Galea and Mary Rose Scalpello have been...

  • Developing the right mix of technical and business skills

    Developing the right mix of technical and business skills

    Technical expertise is paramount when it comes to succeeding in the accountancy profession. However is that all it takes to be the very best? When PwC’s people provide audit, tax or advisory services to the firm’s clients, they are doing so while...

  • The conservation status of turtle doves in Malta

    The conservation status of turtle doves in Malta

    Ever since the announcement of the date of the referendum which should decide whether the 10-day traditional, socio-cultural passion of spring hunting of turtle dove and quail should be abolished or otherwise, several manipulated and misleading...

  • How a British novelist saw Malta in the late Victorian age

    How a British novelist saw Malta in the late Victorian age

    Lady Acland spared no effort in certifying that she belonged four-square with the establishment: conservative, colonialist, British-supre­macist. But reading her carefully, I could not help feeling a conscious or unconscious ambivalence. Too...

  • UN warns over water shortfall

    UN warns over water shortfall

    The world could suffer a 40 per cent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a UN report has warned. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are...

  • Siege map among sale attractions

    Siege map among sale attractions

    A very rare Great Siege map is one of the attractions among a collection of maps of the Maltese islands included in this month’s auction at Belgravia Auction Gallery, St Julian’s. The map is by Palombi and dates back to the 16th century. It shows...

  • So much to sea

    So much to sea

    Malta has a strong maritime tradition. In recent years, this nation of sailors has continued to build on its tradition. In fact, 2014 statistics show how the Malta maritime flag is now the largest in Europe and sixth largest in the world, up from...

  • For all logistics requirements

    SMS Logistics is part of S. Mifsud & Sons Limited. The logistics division falls directly under the control of Simon Mifsud who is assisted by a dynamic, experienced and qualified team all specialised in their own field. The company culture at SMS...

  • Achieving important milestones

    Achieving important milestones

    Falcotrans Limited went through an important transition with the company successfully tendered in the hands of the Falzon family fourth generation. New Managing director James Falzon has been active in the family business since his teens and...

  • Handle with care

    Handle with care

    A generation or two ago, the food we ate was limited to what we could produce or to the occasional frozen or tinned variety. Nowadays, however, our daily menu reads like a map of the world. We can have seasonal asparagus for breakfast, fresh...

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