• Baton change

    Bernard Micallef

    ‘One sows and another reaps.’ One’s work is taken over by another to develop it and hopefully come up with a good result. Jesus stated this clearly to his disciples (Jn 4:36-38) – “I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you ...

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  • The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

    John Paul Cauchi

    It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we ...

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  • Re-awakening fallen giants

    Bernard Micallef

    On the 8th of March we generally celebrate Women’s Day, but this year this date will be remembered for a giant that has fallen, and a fallen giant that has been re-awakened. I am referring to the fall of one of nature’s most beautiful sites – the Azure Window, which left ...

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  • Eternal Champions

    Bernard Micallef

    The recent tragedy of the Chapecoense football team made me think about all the hard work and sacrifices that we do. Here we had a number of people joined together by this dream – to be the champions of the Copa Sudamericana (the equivalent to Europe’s Europa League). We had ...

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  • The Opportunity to Play

    Bernard Micallef

    Why do we practice sports? What is so fascinating about running? About a group of people passing a ball around? About spending hours training at the gym? I have been asked these questions many times. The most basic answer I could come up with is: “because we have the power ...

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  • The three Ps

    Jean Claude Attard

    Thierry Henry recently recalled how his former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had a system based around the “three Ps” – position, possession and play. Perhaps the beautiful game, with its ironies and obscenities, is somehow a reflection of the life we lead. Insights from football characters like the now ...

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  • HYS! – Kids: a pitiful state?

    Matthew Pulis

    The latest news from Yemen has shocked the world. Going viral around the social networks many are condemning marriages between male adults and young girls. The killing of 8 year old Rawan due to internal bleeding on her wedding night has popped up serious questions about the rights of these ...

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  • Why drugs?

    Nigel Camilleri

    Drugs, a topic which always raises eyebrows, gets people listening, rouses curiosity and which most often leads to people having a strong opinion about. What do we think the reasons for this may be? In Malta, in 1995, 2% admitted to the use of illicit drugs, in 1999 this rose ...

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  • A more solid framework against child labour

    Helen D'Amato

    Child labour is wrong because it has the potential to disrupt a child’s education, and can bring great physical and psychological harm to the child. Such is described in Article 32 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which warns against this and which provides the basis for ...

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  • Fools? For Christ’s Sake!

    Carlo Calleja

    Like the ringmaster who enthusiastically introduces the clowns’ act between the trapeze artists’ and lion tamers’ daring stunts, contemporary culture is heralding the entrée of clowns into the circus of today’s world. The clown, the harlequin, the unlearned, the madman, the tramp, the fool: the common denominator here is a ...

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