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  • Things you can do in your 20s

    Things you can do in your 20s

    I recently got an e-mail from a friend, which went something like this: “You know what Kris, IMHO, you need to get a bla bla.” I ignored the rest of the e-mail. IMHO? What’s that? My beloved Siri told me that IMHO is an acronym for ‘In My Humble...

  • Power on display as it looks away

    Last week, two men were photographed in deep contemplation of their mobile phones. The matter would have stopped there, had they not been policemen on fully-armed and black-clad security duty at the airport. But they were, and they’re in deep...

  • A quality leap in literacy education

    Literacy is a complex field. Educators with literacy expertise recognise that effective policies and strategies in this field are based on sound principles and medium- and long-term solutions. The National Literacy Strategy for All, launched in...

  • Not too old to work

    The Maltese population is aging. People live longer, remain healthier and are more active than ever before. Discussions about second-pillar pensions have been ongoing for years and were back in the news last week. Between all the political...

  • Poisonous parenting wars

    A 1,000-word article can never do justice to the complex and emotionally charged subject that is any family break-up.  Last June, to mark Father’s Day, I wrote a piece about absent fathers that I knew would be provocative. Although I made it clear...

  • Purtieragate and others

    I see the country is running out of ‘gates’ to attach to scandals – purported or genuine. The latest gate’ is ‘Purtieragate’. It may not be as financially complex as Panamagate, not as shocking as Oilgate, not as long-running as Arsenal- and...

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Had Pope Francis been a political leader he would have cracked open a bottle or two of Dom Perignon White Gold, one of the most exclusive champagnes by Moët et Chandon, to celebrate with his Council of Nine helping him reform the Roman...

  • A Labour of Love… Blogpost 37…

    • Goodness! What a fuss – just because poor Konrad and Keet-almighty opened a couple of companies overseas. Ridiculous no? I mean what’s the big deal about having a shelf company in Panama? It’s not as if he’d set it up in North Korea. It’s really...

  • Awareness, understanding, action

    Today, April 2, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, national governments, health authorities and autism organisations hold events to raise awareness about people who are on the autism spectrum. Autism and autism spectrum disorder...

  • The need for rebalancing

    The need for rebalancing

    On March 22, the House of Representatives promulgated the Arbiter for Financial Services Act (the “Act”) that sets up the office of the Financial Arbiter. Conceived as an expeditious alternative to resolve disputes between financial operators and...

  • A matter of a lack of trust

    There was a time when Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his Labour movement could do no wrong. There was a time when his message reached out not only to disillusioned Labour supporters but also to disenchanted Nationalist supporters and more...

  • A father and a friend

    A father and a friend

    The first time I met Archbishop Mercieca was as a patient at St Luke’s Hospital, recovering from a bad injury to my elbow. As is well known, he used to make it a point to visit the sick. I was 19 at the time yet I can still recollect his...

  • More equal than others

    Michael Briguglio’s article (March 28) was very appropriately titled. “More equal than others” perfectly suits the way in which things were done for many years and it seems that Briguglio himself would like things to remain so. He seems to find...

  • To vilify, or not to vilify

    Each one of us is still reeling from shock and horror after the heinous and deadly attacks in Brussels. Coming so soon after the equally horrific attacks in Paris, we are all dumbfounded at the sheer scale and depth of the evil and carnage that...

  • PN loan scheme questions

    The Voluntary Loan Scheme announced by the Nationalist Party has created quite a stir. Dispassionate observers have – perfectly reasonably – asked a few questions about how the scheme actually works and how it will pan out. Less dispassionate...

  • Testimony from Brussels

    Testimony from Brussels

    The bombs went off on Tuesday morning but the full story of the terrorist attacks did not end there. Days later, it continues to unfold. I don’t just mean the suspect shot in the leg by the police at a bus stop, or the sudden police swoop that...

  • Goal-setting targets

    Goal-setting targets

    Whether we like it or not, sport, especially football, has become the most pervasive activity in the world. What is the essential magic of this game during the European Nations Cup this year, irrespective of the interminable political issues, is...

  • Largest foreign investment in education

    The Prime Minister recently announced that the government had concluded an agreement with Sa-deen on the American University of Malta (AUM), allowing this huge investment to proceed to the next phase. Much has been said and written on this...

  • Cradle-to-grave corruption

    Cradle-to-grave corruption

    A survey for Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded that the Kenyan government offers its citizens cradle-to-grave corruption. The commission measured the average price of backhanders that officials at all levels demand for...

  • Truly a turnaround

    Truly a turnaround

    “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.” These were the wise words of George Bernard Shaw, an Irish writer and socialist who co-founded the London School of Economics. The attitude of the last...

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