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Quotes of The Week

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    “There is no way a conscious crew would inadvertently descend through some 30,000 feet without being aware.” Captain Mark Micallef Eynaud on the Germanwings disaster before it became known the plane was down­ed deliberately by the...

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    “When he was small, he became an altar boy. As he grew up, he was always becoming something. Now he became Archbishop.” Emanuel Scicluna recalling the career path of his son Mgr Charles Scicluna, who was yesterday installed as Archbishop. “I...

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    “Hand on heart, if I had to be in the same situation today, I think I would do the same thing.” Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi reacting to the report by the Auditor General which expressed reservations on the extent of ministerial direction...

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    “I am a million per cent at peace with my conscience.” Mario Camilleri, who brokered the controversial Café Premier deal, speaks out. “I was never consulted or involved in this deal.” Former land commissioner Joe Bugeja reveals the Café Premier...

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    “I will not be a photocopy and mimic others.” Archbishop-elect Charles Scicluna says he will develop his own style. “It stinks.” Nationalist deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami condemns Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s involvement in the Café Premier...

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    “The hype may have created the impression that Islamic State are much bigger than they actually are.” Former army commander Briga­dier Maurice Calleja saying that IS in Libya is not as strong as it is made out to be. “He told me I was trying to...

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    “A tragedy of enormous scale.” UNHCR Europe director Vincent Cochetel urging the EU not to bury its head in the sand and to find an adequate replacement for Italy’s Mare Nostrum rescue mission after at least 300 migrants died in rough...

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    “The EU cannot spring into action and be caught by surprise only when Libya becomes a failed State.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat urging German Chancellor Angela Merkel to keep Libya high on the EU agenda and recognise the risk of ISIS...

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    “It’s like making a cake, then spitting on it.” Renzo Piano’s lead architect Antonio Belvedere branding the decision to place the tatty monti stalls next to Valletta’s new Parliament building a “shame, I am crying”. “We grieve for those who were...

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    “Child abuse happens in dark corners. Our job is to shed the light.” Curia Safeguarding Commission head Andrew Azzopardi on the task of investigating sex abuse cases in the Church and improving prevention. “There is no incompatibility.” Apostolic...

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    “Unless the situation improves, we could in the short term be looking at the collapse of the Libyan State and its institutions.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressing diplomats accredited to Malta. “Rainer loved Malta and it is so wonderful to...

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    “We must not turn this into a clash of civilisations that will put off the moderate elements of Islam from further integrating in society.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat speaking in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris against the...

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    “A source of light does not have to be at the centre of a room to illuminate the entire area.” Apostolic Administrator Charles Scicluna in reaction to President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s Republic Day speech where she said the Church was no...

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    “Overall, a lack of reading with its concomitant lack of thinking skills is becoming alarmingly apparent.” A report by the Matsec Examinations Board which highlighted students’ poor use of English in the English Language Secondary Education...

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    “The conditions are so bad many migrants... ask to be sent to detention as conditions are better there.” JRS psychologist Julian Caruana on Mount Carmel Hospital’s “substandard” conditions – most migrants are only admitted after trying to commit...

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    “Seventy per cent of soldiers assigned to detention services were army’s rejects.” Former detention services head Col Brain Gatt speaking about the situation in the closed centres when Malian Mamadou Kamara had died in the army’s custody in...

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    “I never, personally, instructed anyone to cover up anything.” Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia denying any involvement in trying to cover up the shooting incident involving his driver Paul Sheehan. “OK sieħbi [my friend].” Dr Mallia just...

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    “My client is contending that he has become a political football.” Lawyer Edward Gatt asking why Paul Sheehan, the Home Affairs Minister’s driver charged with attempted murder, was arrested a week after he fired two shots at a car. “I have a...

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    “The Prime Minister should sack Manuel Mallia for lying.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil urging Joseph Muscat to get rid of his Home Affairs Minister following conflicting versions on the shooting incident involving his chauffeur. “Action will...

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    “It’s a green area... and anything but shabby. That was a stupid comment.” Marsascala resident Jean Paul Cauchi criticising Malta Developers Association chairman Sandro Chetcuti’s comment justifying the building of three hotels in ODZ areas. “At...

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