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  • Nuns pose as prostitutes

    Nuns pose as prostitutes

    An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said last week. John Studzinski, an...

  • Slavery numbers in chaos, prolonging suffering for victims

    Slavery numbers in chaos, prolonging suffering for victims

    Governments worldwide have no hope of combating modern-day slavery unless credible data is collected on the hidden crime so victims can be identified and helped, a leading campaigner said. Estimates of the number of people forced to work in...

  • Queen’s visits reflect long, close links with Malta

    Queen’s visits reflect long, close links with Malta

    Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, their son Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is visiting Malta next weekend on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in...

  • Fort St Angelo reaffirms its historical, political and cultural significance

    Fort St Angelo reaffirms its historical, political and cultural significance

    The Castrum Maris (Castle by the Sea), as Fort St Angelo was known in the Middle Ages, is once again in the vanguard of Malta’s checkered history as it welcomes the representatives of over 2.3 billion people from all parts of the world for the...

  • Watch out for parasites in rabbits

    Watch out for parasites in rabbits

    Last week I was very happy that Speedo pulled through. Speedo is the very first pet belonging to the seven-year-old son of clients of mine. Having made many requests to his parents to get a pet, the little boy was permitted Speedo only after...

  • Strength in unity

    Strength in unity

    Joseph Muscat Prime Minister of Malta Malta has a rich history of acting as a bridge between countries and continents. How will CHOGM Malta 2015 continue to build on this history? The world is going through a very a difficult period. The terror...

  • A global contribution

    A global contribution

    Kamalesh Sharma Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations Every CHOGM has a distinctive character and makes a special contribution to advancing Commonwealth cooperation. We approach CHOGM 2015 in Malta with high expectations for practical...

  • Acting in unison

    Acting in unison

    George Vella Minister for Foreign Affairs Malta will be hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the end of November, for the second time in a decade. In these past 10 years, the international scenario has experienced dramatic...

  • Phyllis Muscat

    Phyllis Muscat

    Head CHOGM Malta 2015 Taskforce The hosting of a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting twice in 10 years by a country of Malta’s size is an unprecedented event in CHOGM history. That being said, we are rising to the challenge and gearing up for...

  • Giving a hand

    Giving a hand

    For the second time in a decade, Malta will be hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The significance of this summit is immediately apparent when you consider the numbers. The Commonwealth is an association of 53 nations that...

  • Finding a global solution

    Finding a global solution

    The 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting takes place during a critical year when the world is determining the path forward on significant global issues, particularly development and climate change. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...

  • Twice in a lifetime

    Twice in a lifetime

    What led you to take up the role of volunteer during CHOGM once again? Carlo Scicluna: I applied for a volunteer as the last time I participated in 2005, it was a very satisfactory and memorable experience. I especially appreciated the fact that I...

  • And… action

    And… action

    The opening ceremony is one of the most anticipated events during CHOGM Malta 2015. The show will include drama, dance, music, 3D animations and projections over an approximate 40-metre wide screen. The performance is expected to emotionally...

  • See the light

    See the light

    Internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe will be providing the artistic lighting for the CHOGM Malta 2015 opening ceremony. Woodroffe’s career began in the 1970s and he has since lit and directed productions for internationally...

  • Academic events and conferences

    Academic events and conferences

    Social Determinants of Health Date: November 24. Time: 1-4pm Venue: Mater Dei Hospital, Central Auditorium A discussion focusing on the social circumstances in which people live and age, their educational system and the impact of social policies...

  • Culture is a global value

    Culture is a global value

    In the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, various events were held to showcase Maltese talent in a number of cities in Commonwealth countries. This unique cultural initiative, the first of its kind since CHOGM started taking...

  • Festivals and exhibitions

    Żigużajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People When: November 16-22 Where: Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta An annual international artsfestival for children and young people held in Valletta. For more information visit...

  • Let’s talk

    Let’s talk

    Dialogue: just one word which opens up a conversation. And a conversation allows us to explain and understand. Representing one third of the global population and various cultures and peoples, dialogue between Commonwealth nations is of primary...

  • A royal return

    A royal return

    It’s been barely a year since Prince William brought out the crowds when he visited Malta as a late stand-in for his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence. The Duchess had been suffering from morning...

  • Sex traffickers lure more and more teens on social media

    Sex traffickers lure more and more teens on social media

    When Nicole was aged 17 and her mother was sent to prison for white collar crimes, she met a man on Facebook who offered to take care of her. But instead of looking after her, he sold Nicole to men across the US from Texas to Washington DC. It was...

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