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  • Are saints marching out?

    Are saints marching out?

    The hot season is almost over but the heat of the festa fever lingers, with predictions swirling about the fate the Maltese festas face. The media may have started the ball rolling, with readers not familiar with village celebrations venting their...

  • Disappearing phone book

    Up to a few years ago, when there was only one landline service for the whole of Malta, a telephone directory used to be issued every two or three years. Then the service provider was privatised, other companies entered the fray and the...

  • Monuments everywhere

    In the recent frenzy that gripped our national psyche to clutter the landscape with monuments, statues and other accessories, we have now managed to hide the Valletta bastions from view with an installation that was placed right at the...

  • An island where cranes never migrate

    An island where cranes never migrate

    They are here all year round; they mate with excavators and nest on dug-out and flattened land where they lay eggs that give birth to all sorts of buildings too often left unfinished, unsold and unrented. Before nesting on new land grabbed from...

  • #BrandMalta? Better work on gender quotas

    The Ernst & Young conference on October 8 gave light to a few interesting topics. The results of the survey about Malta’s investment attractiveness showed a few worrying shifts to respondents preferring to tick the ‘don’t know’ box instead of the...

  • Serving and loving the Church

    The subject of my next commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta is Archbishop Paul Cremona and his resignation which hit us like a bolt out of the blue. I will comment without repeating here what I will write there. Archbishop Cremona’s doctorate...

  • DARK DAYS OF LABOUR'S PAST

    Thirty-five years ago, I married 'Er Indoors, there was a bad storm and assorted thugs burnt down the Times' offices and attacked and destroyed Dr Eddie Fenech Adami's home, terrorising his family in the process. The first two of these significant...

  • Unravel energy deal puzzle now

    Is the government taking the people for a ride over its energy plans, as the Nationalist Party has claimed? Maybe it is a bit too early to say, but what is certain is that, contrary to all the ministerial declarations that the project is right on...

  • Crossroads for economy

    Crossroads for economy

    Last week, I had the opportunity to address the EY annual survey launch which discussed 50 years of foreign direct investment in Malta, and its prospects for the future. There is no doubt that Malta and the Maltese people have, since 1964,...

  • Maltese films are just shoddy

    It is a pitiful and wretched sight to witness Maltese efforts at the art of film-making. Even watching a trailer for a Maltese ‘film’ is seriously depressing. How anyone with even a modicum of knowledge of European and American films could ever...

  • Politics of climate change

    Politics of climate change

    There is a widespread view that climate change is solely an “environmental issue” – the latter often used as a blanket phrase to cover a multitude of supposedly fringe issues of no consequence to more mainstream concerns. This leads to an...

  • Bad Swieqi roads

    Swieqi is mainly a residential area and surely the authorities are aware it is full of poorly-surfaced roads. Much work has been done in recent months to improve the quality of its roads. But much yet remains to be done. There are four cases in...

  • What’s in a name?

    I sympathise with Peter Murray’s comment that fish common names can confuse (October 11). For the record, lampuki (Coryphaena hippurus) is a migratory species circumglobal in subtropical seas. Lampuki, I believe, is derived either from the...

  • Armier solution

    The way forward regarding the illegal boathouses in Armier, and anywhere else for that matter, is for the government to appoint an independent board that will establish how long each squatter has occupied the land. The squatter will then be made...

  • U-turns or obstinacy ?

    Of course I prefer to see none of both. But, were I to have to choose, I opt for U-turns rather than sheer obstinacy by a political party in harness. As for a party in opposition: silence in preference to nonsense or shibboleths.

  • Costly cancer medication

    Costly cancer medication

    The Reuters feature on lung cancer (October 11) is a good example of medical journalism of no practical value to the public. Pathologists have known for at least 50 years that cancers evolve in a multi-step fashion from innocent changes...

  • Synod Watch 4

    The Catholic right is up in arms against the report prepared by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synod's relator, had the task of synthesizing what the bishops said during the first week of their meeting. At the forefront of...

  • Communion to those who are remarried

    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is under way until Sunday. I am following most of the interventions by bishops and cardinals and my general impression is that most of them are trying to please the media. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio said...

  • Making science attractive to students

    European Commission statistics show that just eight per cent of Maltese students had undertaken some form of post-secondary scientific studies last year, less than half the EU average. This statistic may have worried some people, but it does not...

  • High expenses facing Gozitan students

    Students all around the globe face financial challenges and most do work part time to keep things afloat. The Gozo University Group, after lending an ear to a number of students, has noticed a growing concern regarding rent expenses. Over the past...

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