Back then she embodied that elusive quality much beloved of primetime TV audiences: relatability. And confidence. Not that brash "look at me" kind of confidence endemic in TV presenters but a genuine self-possession skewered with the kind of honesty that is so often guarded. Today, while she still possesses that same easy-going manner, there's an assurance that makes her all the more engaging; a tangible sense that she's all grown up. At 40, and a mother to three boys, Patrick (seven), Louis (five) and Joseph (three), she has the lively energy of a teenager and the looks to match. A quick glance at her Instagram feed and it's striking how little she's changed. Still demure, still fresh-faced with an enviable glow that makes me want to up sticks and move to the South of France. It's obviously suiting her. "It really is," she sighs happily. "It's so beautiful here and I love the relaxed way of life." The move came as a result of a culmination of 'ends'. She had been given the … [Read more...] about ‘We all have a sob story, the trick is not to get stuck’
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The local council elections spelled chaos for the Nationalist Party and sent the Labour Party into euophoria in what was mostly another bloody battle between the two main parties.But one particular result showed that there is yet a ray of hope for this country. We are, of course, talking about young Steve Zammit Lupi, who got elected on the first count in the Zebbug (Malta) local council.Zammit Lupi received 947 first-count votes, easily surpassing the quota for the locality.Almost 8,000 people voted in Zebbug, which means that Zammit Lupi received almost an eighth of first-count votes. On average, he received double the votes received by Nationalist Party candidates and he had the third best result in the locality. A former media colleague, Steve is also an avid environmentalist and is highly active in the Bicycle Advocacy Group.He brought fresh ideas to the table, and it worked. Steve had told The Malta Independent last month that he wanted to contest independently to work for the … [Read more...] about TMID Editorial: Independent candidate
The policy framework regarding the integration of migrants in the Netherlands is becoming more restrictive. Integration has become an inseparable part of the agenda of political parties in which ethnic minorities are increasingly instrumentalized. Hardly any difference can be found anymore between the statements of populist right parties and mainstream parties about subjects related to ethnic minorities. Recently the Dutch House of Representatives came up with a radical decision to interrogate mosques, whereby participants are legally obligated to cooperate and give information under oath. An official definition of the concept of integration has never been given by Dutch authorities. The integration of non-Western migrants (migrants with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean descent) has been a topic for discussion in Dutch politics since the 1980s. The policy framework regarding the integration of migrants has been changed over time. Initially, integration was primarily aimed … [Read more...] about Civil organizations under political pressure in the Netherlands
During the first round of the presidential election on March 31, Ukrainians were impressed by photos from election points around the world. Hundreds of Ukrainians were photographed queuing up to exercise their right to vote and select the country’s next president. Viewed from Ukraine, these photos showing diaspora Ukrainians voting point to their patriotism. For the voters in question, many waiting in line up to three hours in the open air and not always finding themselves listed in voters’ registers, the election process clearly has organizational problems, notwithstanding the sterling efforts of many diplomats. According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), only 55,000 Ukrainian citizens out of a total of 6 million living abroad actually voted. This would indicate that only 1 percent of adult Ukrainians abroad exercised their right to vote. To compare, the number of international voters in the last presidential election in 2014 was 73,000. In the foreign election … [Read more...] about Only 1% of diaspora Ukrainians voted. Should the system be changed?
On 31 December 1991, President Lennart Meri said in his address at the end of what he himself called "our first constitutional year" that the most beautiful thing is a smiling Estonia. During those difficult times, and with a very new experience of a different sort of Estonia, those words contained a great deal of magnanimity and ambition. I sincerely believe that a great deal of our success thus far is based on the fact that we have managed to be positive and smile at the right moments.Our Constitution states that the Republic of Estonia is founded on freedom, fairness, and justice, in order to ensure the preservation of our people and our culture. All of us together perpetuate this freedom every day with our work and activities. Fairness in turn, is when every one of us feels they are important, cared for, and valuable. Justice is our Constitution, the fundamental principles of which cannot be selectively applied. By applying conditions to any of these principles, we weaken them … [Read more...] about Jüri Ratas to Riigikogu: We will prove we stand for everyone’s well-being