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  • Watch: Mintoff/Fenech Adami had better relationship than Muscat/Busuttil - President

    Watch: Mintoff/Fenech Adami had better relationship than Muscat/Busuttil - President

    In turbulent political times, Dom Mintoff and Eddie Fenech Adami had a better working rapport than Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil, according to the President. Despite wildly divergent ideologies, Mr Mintoff and Dr Fenech Adami had a better...

  • Health and safety at workplace

    Most workers face health and safety risks whether they are working in an office, a printing press or a quarry. While more importance is today being given to psychological health and safety issues in the workplace, many employees still risk losing...

  • Educating before enforcing

    The introduction of a warning ticket for minor offences by motorists this month was a source of discussion for many. I have followed media reports, articles and comments from different individuals representing their views or the views of the...

  • Trump’s character

    Trump’s character

    It is axiomatic that good results will not be achieved by leaders unless they are men or women who are respected, whose personal judgment is trusted and who can inspire and warm the hearts of those they lead – gaining their trust and confidence.

  • Other nationals among us

    Other nationals among us

    Maltese people always had to migrate to foreign lands to make a living as work opportunities in our islands were until recently extremely limited. We had beggars all over the islands and people knocking on doors asking for bread. Poverty was...

  • The lustre is gone

    Brexit is a precipitous political move that might topple Great Britain to Britain. The British Isles had been sliding down since the mighty days of the British Empire. Malta, with its Grand Harbour, the excellent drydocks and naval base of the...

  • Rebalancing traffic laws

    Rebalancing traffic laws

    While cars are often seen as an indicator of economic growth, traffic casualties have risen by 60 per cent in Malta since 2005 (NSO, 2017). Hardly an indicator of a safe society, yet indicative of how acceptable the elevated risks of our rushed,...

  • No way out

    On March 19, I happened to be at Ta’ Ġieżu church, in Rabat. I have no particular enthusiasm for Maltese feasts but I have no cause to despise them either. I think that, like most village feasts, the one in honour of St Joseph in Rabat has its own...

  • Watch: President discusses political rivalry, state funding on Times Talk

    Watch: President discusses political rivalry, state funding on Times Talk

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca fields questions on the political tempo, State funding and the need to change the Maltese president's role in a frank interview on Times Talk.  Ms Coleiro Preca speaks about the perception of business lobbies...

  • When a popular event goes awry

    The Irish love a party. None more so than on St Patrick’s Day, which they celebrate across the globe, including on this tiny island. Large contingents of Maltese, who also love a party, readily join in to celebrate the feast of this revered patron...

  • Brexit impact on our economy

    Malta and the UK have strong historic ties, which since 2004 have included membership of the EU. Thus the UK’s decision to exit the Union has macroeconomic implications for Malta. The Central Bank of Malta, in this light, has just published a...

  • Constitutional bodies

    Constitutional bodies

    The issue of autonomy of constitutional authorities such as the Broadcasting Authority or the Electoral Commission has recently cropped up. To what extent are these institutions really independent? Both of them are entrusted with important...

  • A badly cluttered island

    Our islands have one obvious national problem: clutter. When the Knights of St John took over Malta in 1530, our combined islands’ population did not exceed 24,000 people. Maybe far less, a figure approaching 12,000 souls. Our strategic islands...

  • Schools and religious freedom

    Schools and religious freedom

    In 2009, I wrote an article titled, 'Religious education in schools' on The Times. It was prompted by Fr Rene Camilleri’s anxiety over how in their Matsec exams, students of religion “were simply ‘regurgitating’ answers (…) from parish catechesis...

  • Between social sciences and law

    The decision by the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta to embark “upon a process to assist our students in the Master of Advocacy degree course to acquire hands-on basic skills” is as commendable as it is important. The reasons for this...

  • Four years of firsts

    The banner behind Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes at a press conference he held recently read “Four years of firsts”. Let’s go through some of the many ‘firsts’. The first-time ever in Maltese political history that a serving minister set...

  • Schools for all

    I declare that I am in full agreement that: All schools, including Church schools, must be an open door for humanity; All schools, including Church schools, must respect the religious freedom of everyone; and All schools, including Church schools,...

  • Security cameras

    The mystery surrounding what really occurred on a special night at the Gozo Ministry a couple of years ago manifests in a crystal clear way that this ministry should have been equipped, as many public places are, by special security cameras. Many...

  • A building to preserve

    A building to preserve

    The former Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy School at 104, Rudolph Street, Sliema was closed some years ago and this scheduled building, which was constructed in the 1880s, is now in a dilapidated state. When are the authorities going to take care...

  • Political investigations

    Many readers must surely remember one of the greatest criminal investigations of all time involving political parties, politicians and business people – Mani Pulite or Tangentopoli – in the 1990s in nearby Italy. Italian magistrates, led by...

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