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  • Turning over a new leaf

    Turning over a new leaf

    The good thing about yesterday, as the song puts it, is that all our troubles seemed so far away. They certainly seemed so at the start of this week as we moved into our 51th year of independence. Much has been made of the fact that this year...

  • Certifiable sickness absence

    Certifiable sickness absence

    Legal Notice 432 of 2007 states that an employee is entitled to two working weeks sick leave in every calendar year without loss of wages. The Malta Employers Association has recently proposed changes to this legislation whereby absenteeism from...

  • Hunting down my principles

    According to dictionary definitions, a ‘PRINCIPLE’ is a fixed rule, a method or practice, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, general law or truth from which others are derived. An ‘OPINION’ on the other hand is a sentiment; a view...

  • BANG, YOU'RE DEAD

    Whether it's because he wanted to give Karmenu Vella a leg up in anticipation of his grilling by the EU Parliament or because he (Muscat) has perceived a numerical advantage in annoying bird-killers rather than appeasing them or because he...

  • PM’s groundbreaking choice

    For decades both the government and Opposition were held to ransom by the hunting lobby. On Saturday Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took the groundbreaking decision to close the hunting season ahead of time and hopefully end this stranglehold. The...

  • Breaking spiral of truancy, illiteracy

    The best investment that any government can make in young people is to give them the educational tools to enable them to find decent employment and become better people and productive members of society. Despite having one of the most generous...

  • Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    You have to hand it to him, our Prime Minister, he really knows how to pull a good PR stunt, drama and all. Last week, a Hong Kong-registered merchant vessel, on its way from Guinea to the Ukraine, requested medical assistance from Malta. We said no.

  • Incorrect but efficient

    On September 8 I wrote to ARMS asking for the installation of a smart meter at my residence, in keeping with the company’s own announcement. To date I have not even received an acknowledgement and am still in the dark about what is to happen and...

  • Commission challenges

    Commission challenges

    The European Parliament is next month expected to approve the new college of commissioners as proposed by Jean Claude Juncker. The incoming president has opted for a new Commission structure essentially dividing it into two layers. The upper layer...

  • European contradictions

    The spectre that had haunted Europe has now morphed into real flesh and blood. Eurosceptic gains in the European Parliament election have laid bare the most fundamental internal antagonistic contradictions within Europe. These contradictions lie...

  • No air-con

    St James Cavalier’s auditorium was packed for the screening of the Nick Cave music documentary 20,000 days On Earth followed by a brief interview and live performance, on screen. The tickets cost €12 but there was no air-conditioning. It was...

  • Kurds’ home

    The Jews have waited 2000 years to have a national home. The Kurds are still without a national home after 4000 years. It’s time for Kurdish action.

  • An alternative at Armier

    An alternative at Armier

    The saga of illegal buildings at Armier has been going on for at least 25 years. One could not expect the new Labour government to have them removed and take all the political repercussions this would bring. I cannot understand what is wrong with...

  • Needed: more cooperation

    With reference to the item published in On the Dot about skips in Attard (‘Plain inaction’, September 15) GreenPak Coop Society Ltd, together with Attard local council, have for the past years endeavoured to increase public participation in...

  • Independent? Right

    It really doesn’t take a lot to distract us does it? Fifty years of independence slithered down the drain as soon as we got the first whiff of royalty on our shores this weekend. In the meantime, while Prince William did his thing and waved at the...

  • What’s the best route for Air Malta?

    In his first speech as president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Matthew Pace is reported to have said that if Air Malta were to collapse, the tourism sector would lose its soul and the economy would fail. For the association...

  • Liberals and conservatives in the Church

    Has the Catholic Church become too liberal or is it too conservative? Both sides have strong followers and mediation seems impossible. On both sides, conservatives and liberals, I see a genuine desire for Catholic faith to be relevant. The...

  • The giants of Mosta

    The giants of Mosta

    On a recent visit to Ġgantija Temples, now under the responsibility of Heritage Malta, in the new interpretation centre inaugurated not long ago I came across a section dedicated to folktales by Fr Manwel Magri. The legend depicted on one of the...

  • Double standards

    The utmost majority are in favour of animal rights and proper treatment. Animals in circuses are banned and a private zoo has received various warnings. Thus, it seems that the proper actions are being taken. However, are these actions sincere or...

  • Flashback to Malta convoy

    My father, Reginald Baynton, was a seaman on the Malta convoy that broke through the German blockade and led the relief of Malta. Although his medal was awarded to him in 1992, he was never able to return to the island and passed away in December...

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