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  • Focus on mental health hospitals

    In his annual report on the state of mental health facilities in Malta and Gozo, Mental Health Commissioner John Cachia found a mixed bag of results but overall reported an encouraging improvement in many areas. This is commendable, given that, in...

  • The new Land Authority

    In the past years, the Government Property Division has been one of the ‘consistent’ targets of any Opposition, whether Labour or Nationalist. Although it is the Opposition’s duty to keep the government in constant check, the problems with the...

  • Certainly not absolute

    Certainly not absolute

    In the heat of a July Friday, I donned jacket and tie to attend court for a case in which my only interest was academic, something I hadn’t done for quite some time. I was slightly disappointed because, although I had the pleasure of renewing some...

  • ‘Manifest’ or money first?

    Parliament is debating in second reading the Standards in Public Life Bill. This draft law has been gathering dust for well over two years. We had approved of the first reading of this Bill on May 20, 2014. Over two years ago. An ad hoc committee...

  • Elderly ‘parked’ in homes

    In a statement by the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, back in April 2015, it was noted that there were an estimated 6,071 people suffering from dementia in Malta (1.5 per cent of the general...

  • A matter of faith

    I totally agree with John Guillaumier and others that Christianity has lost a lot of ground and many believers have lost their faith. Values and ideals are things of the past. Humanity has become inert, selfish and materialistic. Intellectual...

  • Pavement obstacles

    Pavement obstacles

    I read with interest and with disappointment the article ‘Street decorations nuisance’ (July 21). It is stated that the National Commission for Persons with Disability “spent the past year on a ‘wild goose chase’ in a bid to stop street...

  • War relics

    The story of the underwater spikes in Qawra Point has been stretched to some extremes. I have been going there for almost 60 years and, though always aware of those blunt iron spikes, any danger was remote. When the tide is out or the sea is at a...

  • Ways to develop new growth areas

    Diversifying an economy away from labour-intensive industry required effort and foresight to attract and build up new sectors most suitable to the island. The effort would need to be kept up all the time to ensure the economy is resilient enough...

  • What inertia could mean

    Summer is here with its usual vengeance. Schools, government departments, the courts of law and Parliament slow down, conditioned by the merciless heat. At the same time, other elements of social life blossom. For eight weeks, the sound of...

  • Social motives for Brexit

    What will the impacts of Brexit be? At this early stage, one can only guess what is likely to happen given that there are many possibilies. Britain may end up losing considerable influence at European and global levels and may experience negative...

  • On faith the trespasser

    On faith the trespasser

    In his serene response to Mgr Joseph Farrugia, scientist and researcher Joseph Caruana rightly disassociates himself from a rather hospitable and inclusive idea of ‘science’ and favours the prestigious and more specific usage of the term. Of...

  • As we speak

    Charles Briffa (July 18) turns what I said on its head. For example, he asks: “Why do ‘inverted commas and italics’ particularly complicate matters further?” What I wrote was the opposite: “Spelling loan words phonetically as a norm further...

  • Oh buoy!

    Can anyone enlighten me as to how many times has the €500,000 investment in the cruise liners’ mooring buoy in Xlendi been utilised? Has this investment been deemed worthwhile?

  • Stifling tunnels

    Now that the Kappara project has started, traffic is accumulating with many vehicles stuck in the tunnels there, generating large amounts of carbon monoxide, which is extremely dangerous. The tunnels should immediately be equipped with industrial...

  • Assisted dying

    Assisted dying

    Ramon Casha pleads the case for the legalisation of assisted dying eloquently. However, he focuses on what is essentially one side of the argument: the case for. Although there are times when physicians long to help to end patients’ distress,...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Mein Kampf(y) Ottoman

  • Tiny cracks

    Tiny cracks

    It is clear that Premier Muscat thinks he's got away with it: the population at large has forgotten all about Panama and assorted other incontrovertible pieces of evidence of Taghna Lkoll having become Taghna Kollha u Taghna Biss.  This is perhaps...

  • Politics by paparazzi

    Politics by paparazzi

    Have you ever staggered out of bed, bleary-eyed, and tottered to the grocery shop round the corner for an emergency carton of milk and had a photographic record of your creased T-shirt-and-shorts pyjama combo broadcast to the rest of the world? Or...

  • How low can the Planning Authority go?

    What is corruption? What is malpractice? What is unethical behaviour by public officials? Members of the public attending a meeting at the Planning Authority were wondering what the behaviour of the Planning Commission members amounted to at last...

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