A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 7)

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2018-08-29T09:29:46+00:00Tue, 28th Aug '18, 08:10|

The seventh part of Godfrey Leone Ganado’s review of the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry: On page 1404 of the report, in the introduction to what I would classify as the basis for the terms of reference which have not been published, reference is made to the Article written by Daphne Caruana Galizia on her [...]

Priest convicted of molesting 17 children permitted by Maltese church to say mass “on special occasions”

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2018-08-27T16:28:21+00:00Mon, 27th Aug '18, 16:28|

Felix Cini, convicted in 2004 in Italy for molesting 17 children and caught downloading child-porn on his computers by the police, has been permitted by the Maltese Curia to say mass at Bormla parish “on special occasions”. These photos are from the mass and procession of this year’s Pentecost where Felix Cini and other priests [...]

People or numbers

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2018-08-27T14:33:28+00:00Mon, 27th Aug '18, 14:33|

Times of Malta’s Denise Grech made the incoming chief of the Housing Authority sweat. Good job. Someone should be telling Mr Leonid McKay he’s in for what should be one of the toughest jobs in the public administration right now: if he was selected to do it properly. His performance at the interview suggests he [...]

Wagging WAGs

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2018-08-27T14:02:41+00:00Mon, 27th Aug '18, 14:02|

The Times of Malta leader today calls out Michelle Muscat and Nickie Vella de Fremaux for their comparable behaviour. It calls them WAGs, comparing them to air-headed spouses of professional footballers merely famous by association. And it calls them out for using their fame to blame everyone but themselves for shortfalls they could have helped. [...]

On the Parvis Notre-Dame of Xagħra

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2018-08-27T14:03:18+00:00Mon, 27th Aug '18, 11:21|

Pandora sent in this comment under my commentary of yesterday on the Gozo priestly sex abuse story. “It was not my intention to comment on this case, but I am in Xagħra today and I have come to the conclusion that really one has to know both sides of the story before painting one completely [...]

John McCain’s thumb

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2018-08-27T11:16:10+00:00Mon, 27th Aug '18, 11:16|

John McCain was an enthusiastic supporter of the improvement of Malta’s relations with the United States. He was here in Malta in 2008, days after he lost the presidential election to Barrack Obama. He famously immersed himself in his duties as Senator. He would later say of those weeks immediately after losing the election that [...]

GUEST POST: Is this democracy?

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2018-08-26T11:29:36+00:00Sun, 26th Aug '18, 11:29|

Sent in by an anonymous author. Living in a democracy is very important, it is a basic human right, maybe one we often take for granted. Our country is meant to be a democracy too, but is it? To someone who understands what a democracy truly is, the mere notion of assassinating a journalist is [...]

It’s about power and its abuse

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2018-08-26T08:33:05+00:00Sun, 26th Aug '18, 08:33|

In some respects, the story I published two days ago about a senior cleric admitting to the abuse of a minor several years ago cut a bit of a contrast with the over-riding theme of this blog.This website is a one man show and I do not presume to compete with news organisations who can [...]

We will not rest

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2018-08-26T13:14:46+00:00Sun, 26th Aug '18, 07:53|

Daphne Caruana Galizia would have been 54 today. We remember her extraordinary bravery and journalism and will not rest until there has been justice for her assassination. The design and printing of this card were organised and funded by Il-Kenniesa. Design: Aldo Gatt.

Reżistenza Malta: Malta is indebted to Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-08-26T07:45:31+00:00Sun, 26th Aug '18, 07:45|

Today would have been Daphne Caruana Galizia's 54th birthday. This is a press statement issued this morning by Reżistenza Malta: After decades of demonization, the 'perfect' environment was created to assassinate Daphne Caruana Galizia. Numerous politicians, broadcasters and political commentators worked hard to label her as a “witch”, thus contributing to a complete dehumanisation process. [...]

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 6)

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2018-08-25T07:26:50+00:00Sat, 25th Aug '18, 07:26|

The sixth part of Godfrey Leone Ganado’s review of the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry: On page 1412 point 5 of the Inquiry Report, the Forensic Accountants, Harbinson Forensics, refer to paragraph 277 (not published) of the report which states: We have found nothing in the digital data to suggest that Mrs Muscat, either personally, [...]

Senior priest suspended after admitting sexual abuse of a minor up to 16 years ago

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2018-08-24T18:39:40+00:00Fri, 24th Aug '18, 18:38|

A senior Gozitan cleric, now retired, has been suspended from the priesthood after allegations have emerged of sexual abuse of a minor over a four year period ending 16 years ago. Eucharist Sultana served as Archpriest of Xagħra for several years and was a highly respected senior member of the Gozitan community. He is alleged to [...]

#DaphneCaruanaGalizia

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2018-08-24T14:39:17+00:00Fri, 24th Aug '18, 14:39|

Fifty-four lilac posters with purple ribbon (the colours and symbols of a woman’s birthday) were placed around Sliema, the town where Daphne Caruana Galizia, to mark the 54th anniversary of her birth this coming Sunday. Each small poster has a different caption about Daphne Caruana Galizia, most of them describing her as a person. The [...]

Il-Kenniesa call gathering in Valletta this Sunday

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2018-08-24T18:19:07+00:00Fri, 24th Aug '18, 09:13|

Il-Kenniesa made the following announcement on Facebook: Daphne Caruana Galizia would have turned 54 on Sunday. Those who have commissioned her assassination have taken that away from her. Which is why we will be meeting at Daphne’s makeshift memorial space on Sunday to remember her as a mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend but also as [...]

Save a life first. Ask questions later.

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2018-08-23T14:39:26+00:00Thu, 23rd Aug '18, 14:39|

The action in Valletta today by activists in the NGOs who want to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean gets to the heart of the matter. Malta’s government are using the law to reach political ends, in the process breaching the most important law of all: the obligation of the state to safeguard the [...]

Has the government looked into security risk of hooking to Huawei 5G?

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2018-08-23T14:14:06+00:00Thu, 23rd Aug '18, 14:14|

Chinese technology company Huawei has announced the Australian government blocked it from providing 5G technology for the country’s wireless networks. Australian national security agencies were concerned about alleged ties between Huawei and the Chinese Government. In the meantime, Malta’s government has a memorandum of understanding with Huawei which will see trials of 5G technology from [...]

Timid bureaucrats

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2018-08-23T13:48:33+00:00Thu, 23rd Aug '18, 13:47|

The Superintendent of Cultural Heritage is the custodian of the archaeological and cultural heritage we don’t know about. At least that’s one of his jobs. If there’s something down there, buried in the ground, that hasn’t been unearthed yet, he’s responsible to guard it even if he doesn’t know about it. I say ‘he’ because [...]

Gozo Bishop threatens UK blogger with legal action

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2018-08-24T09:22:48+00:00Thu, 23rd Aug '18, 10:15|

The Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, has engaged lawyers to threaten a UK Catholic blogger who commented on allegations already reported by Malta Today in 2015 with criminal and civil action. The report concerns the case of Gozitan cleric Joseph Bezzina and the allegation Bishop Mario Grech shielded him from any consequence after allegations of [...]