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  • Just ban glyphosate immediately

    Glyphosate has been described as a “toxicity multiplier” because its impact on health can increase when it binds to other chemicals. About four years ago, a survey of products used on crops in Malta by the National Statistics Office showed that...

  • Towards a more social Europe

    The contribution of the Church in Malta through the position paper on Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union is a timely invitation to European countries to revisit their pristine Christian roots, which have historically shaped...

  • Public Service Commission

    Public Service Commission

    The Public Service Com­mission (PSC) is a remnant of British colonial rule. Established in 1939 in line with similar commissions set up in other crown colonies, it was trusted with the duty of advising the governor of Malta on issues relating to...

  • The rise of fake news

    The rise of fake news

    As we approached the tail end of the leap year a new buzz phrase suddenly hit the pop charts. Like that dreaded virus, be it of the biological or computer variety, it spread across the globe like wildfire. I was somewhat bemused! So what exactly...

  • New Zealand lamb

    I refer to the letter ‘Mutton for lamb’ (January 14). I feel some kind of consumer information on New Zealand lamb export regulations laid down by the New Zealand Meat Board and the New Zealand government would be in order. Lamb is defined as...

  • ‘Mother Goose’ cutter

    I wonder whether, through these pages, I can find any information about what might have happened to a beautiful Dutch cutter named Moeder de Ganz (Mother Goose), which had been brought to Malta in the 1950s by the author Ernle Bradford who wrote...

  • Arrogant talk

    I am sure the leader of the Opposition, an avowed Eurocrat since his younger days and former secretary of the European Movement – the propaganda arm of the EU, had never expected that European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his vice...

  • The power of faith

    The power of faith

    Some jaw-dropping, horrendous news attracted my attention this week. In Chile, up to August 2016, 17 churches were torched. In Nigeria, 53 villages were burned down, 808 people slain, 1,422 houses and 16 churches destroyed. In the Middle East,...

  • Education system needs support

    If there is one thing that should unite Maltese society it must be the importance of having a high quality public education system that enhances the chances of young people finding suitable employment in a world undergoing vast technological...

  • New arrangement with Europe

    New arrangement with Europe

    When the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23 last year it was a pivotal moment that set our country on course for an exciting new chapter in its long history. It has presented us with an opportunity to forge a new,...

  • Salvu and the small parties

    Salvu Mallia’s entry in the political scene has grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons, which were often based on lazy sensationalism. I am not very much inclined towards Mallia’s communicative style, but what interests me more is the...

  • A tale of two entities

    A tale of two entities

    Lately we had the Malta International Airport and Air Malta making headlines; one, the MIA, for yet another very successful year, and Air Malta for failing to reach agreement with Alitalia for the part-privatisation. It is obvious that these...

  • Blood donation pioneer

    Frank Vassallo of Rabat was a conscientious civil servant, a dedicated scouter, and a regular blood donor. But, above all else, he was a real gentleman loved by many. Frank was a founder member and first president of the Malta Blood Donors...

  • Winter prayers

    Throughout these winter months, when the weather is particularly inclement and weare safe and warm in our homes, let us spare a thought and aprayer for those migrants, men, women and children, in unsafe rubber dinghies in the open sea, whose only...

  • Democratic tools

    Sure, let’s ban referendums as some leader of a banana republic (is it Slovenia?) and ‘remoaner’ Frank Owen advocate. Indeed, let’s ban general elections and all sorts of democratic processes. Fortunately, we live in a country where democracy...

  • Handling of holdings

    The editorial of the January 11 – ‘Managing financial risks’ – speaks volumes. I am in dispute with my brokers as they are refusing to tell me who is the person in the company entrusted with the monitoring and purchasing and sales of my holdings,...

  • The planetarium

    It will shortly be my 70th birthday and so I was very pleased to discover that the opening gala of Malta’s planetarium at the Esplora Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara is scheduled to take place during the evening of January 28 – the same...

  • The Mountbattens

    The Mountbattens

    I am a British biographer writing a joint life of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. They regarded Malta as their second home and I would love to be put in touch with anyone who met them or has stories about them. I will be visiting Malta shortly as part...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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  • No, But, Yes, But ..

    No, But, Yes, But ..

    I suspect I've used this title before, but hey, what the heck, Donald J. Trump, Gawd'elp'us President of the US, repeats himself ad nauseam, so I can too.  The four words in the title, followed by a pause a couple of beats long and "seriously??"...

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