Going for universal gold

Going for universal gold

by Jesmond Saliba The world looked a different place when sports events were suddenly banned at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ironically, though, the fight against the virus became…
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New tracks for sport

New tracks for sport

by Kevin Azzopardi KEVIN AZZOPARDI  Half a century ago, sport was generally considered a leisure activity pursued mainly for socialisation and recreation. Things have changed drastically since then, and virtually…
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The state of play

The state of play

Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau actively promoted ice hockey as the country’s national sport in the 1970s and 1980s. His emphasis was more than a simple acknowledgement of a popular…
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Intel might spend $30 bln to slim down

Intel might spend $30 bln to slim down

by Robert Cyran via Reuters Breakingviews Intel may buy chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries for $30 billion, says a Wall Street Journal report. That seems logical in light of Intel’s production problems,…
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A new pitch to the world

A new pitch to the world

The world convened in the diameter stretching from Cornwall to Brussels in June. Not the entire world; quite a small part of it, actually. But the back-to-back meetings of the…
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Cultivating an economy of wellbeing

Cultivating an economy of wellbeing

In the past two decades, there were various attempts to create new metrics that determine tangible ways how to translate macro-economic wellbeing into an improved quality of life. While the…
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Not so quiet on the eastern front

Not so quiet on the eastern front

Founded in response to unease with the USSR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has gone through years of wilderness since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.…
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Seven nations and China

Seven nations and China

The group of seven summit in June was refreshingly dull. Leaders were careful to project a sense of stability to the world while playing to their domestic audiences with a…
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Eating for your genes

Eating for your genes

From low-fat to low-carb and from ketogenic to paleolithic, there was no shortage of experimental diets in recent decades. Nutrition experts leveraged food science and human biology to develop healthier…
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Holding the field

Holding the field

Most of the world’s food comes from the ground. Whether raw or infinitely processed, agricultural products are, by far, the largest source of nutrition.  But as countries become richer and…
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The sweet and sour of hunger action

The sweet and sour of hunger action

With World War II still raging, in 1943, governments from over 40 countries convened to fight another cross-border threat: hunger. Within two years, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was…
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Inglorious food

Inglorious food

by Jesmond Saliba Since at least classical antiquity, civilizations have been longing for an abundance of food. The symbol of the cornucopia was handed down from Greek god to French…
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Shooting the messenger

Shooting the messenger

One night in a turbulent week, news outlets reporting from Gaza City were tipped off about an imminent air assault. The target was their offices. The Al-Jalaa tower housed eight…
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The first Biden season

The first Biden season

These days, far fewer headlines quote the American president than the world had gotten used to in the last four years. To no one’s surprise, Joe Biden has kept a…
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Crossing the Brexit minefield

Crossing the Brexit minefield

As spray paint sprawls across public walls and store shutters in Belfast, pronouncing the death of the Good Friday Agreement, the worst fears of the Brexit pact are coming back…
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Vaccination of the fittest

Vaccination of the fittest

By mid-April, countries around the world administered almost 900 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Just a year earlier, confirmed cases of the new disease had risen to one million globally.…
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One hundred & counting

One hundred & counting

by Jesmond Saliba This year started on the doorstep of change. Historic developments towards the end of 2020 meant that events that had become part of our lives, whether for…
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Inside looking out

Inside looking out

Prince Philip did not have any constitutional position in the Palace, but his sheer strength of character has transformed the monarchy like no one else. With the exception of his…
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A crack at freedom

A crack at freedom

by Jesmond Saliba The angry crowds that filled the streets of Tunisia in 2011 shouted “Employment, freedom, dignity”, a slogan that would echo in other revolts across the Middle East.…
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The unbroken promise of Libya

The unbroken promise of Libya

by John Naudi ‘Democracy!… Stability!… Prosperity!’. These were a few of the buzz words used by many when the political uprisings and widespread protests erupted in 2011, known as the…
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Dutch tilt

Dutch tilt

In February, Amsterdam replaced London as Europe’s largest trade sharing centre. The Capital had held the title for decades, but a ban on EU-based financial institutions trading in the UK…
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EU extends Ukraine-related sanctions

EU extends Ukraine-related sanctions

by Keith Zahra The European Council has extended the sanctions targeting those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months…
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Generating fairness

Generating fairness

This month, a consortium in New South Wales, Australia, announced plans for the world’s biggest battery. And at an estimated $2.4 billion, it will also be the priciest.  View and…
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