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  • ‘Costing’ the environment

    The European Commission is pondering adopting a circular economy across the European Union. The concept of a circular economy hinges on the mechanics of ‘life’ itself. Materials are turned into a product at birth and then recovered at the...

  • Reduce the tax for pensioners

    Reduce the tax for pensioners

    Pension schemes are back in the headlines. For readers who have still some years to go to reach their pension age, I can assure them that, when they do so, they are in for a great shock both psychologically and financially. The former is quite...

  • Hot and sticky season

    Hot and sticky season

    I hate summer. The only good thing about it is that the pace of life slows down somewhat and you have time to smell the roses, if smelling roses is something that gives you a thrill. You never know what gives one a thrill, after all, that silly...

  • Building industry risks

    Building industry risks

    We often hear that the construction industry is the motor of the Maltese economy. The truth is that the industry is important but not as important as it is often made out to be. The industry directly contributes about four per cent of GDP at basic...

  • Clear message to go green

    Back in the 1980s, the colour green was a statement by a particular sub culture. Just like in the 1960s the then ‘flower power’ sub culture represented a revolution in the lifestyle of young people, ‘going green’ underlined a particular lifestyle...

  • Your planet needs you

    A very popular and well-known World War I poster depicts Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener (1850–1916) – (a national war hero and Secretary of State for War) pointing his finger towards the viewers with the words: “Your country needs you”. The image...

  • We have no right to take away life

    I too am a member of the Nationalist Party executive. I was always of the opinion that if you belong to a political party you must toe the party line. The same can be said for any club, society, association or Church you belong to. If you do not...

  • Elusive renewable energy targets

    Malta continues to be one of the EU countries that seem highly unlikely to meet the renewable energy targets set by 2020. This has been a perennial cry, both under the Nationalist administrations and, now, under the Labour government. Malta’s...

  • Danger zone

    Danger zone

    The photo shows Republic Street, next to Independence Square (It-Tokk), Victoria. It is the main (only one in that part) through road of Victoria, thus being used by buses, construction trucks, cars and motorcycles in both directions. It is very...

  • Short man syndrome

    Does short man syndrome really affect people here, considering people in Malta and Portugal are the shortest in Europe? According to the experts, short people are more aggressive, jealous, live shorter lives, get paid less as actors, are more...

  • Diverting attention

    The leader of the Opposition and his motley crew are not so stupid as not to realise that they have no chance of attacking the Labour government’s excellent record on various fronts and be taken seriously by the vast majority of voters. How can...

  • Outstanding film festival

    The Valletta Film Festival was a truly outstanding event, one like no other! As an avid film lover I wish to congratulate and thank all the people involved in making it such a huge success. I managed to catch quite a number of films and was...

  • Human rights and ‘dignity’

    UK newspapers have just carried the story of a man who killed himself in a clinic in Switzerland be-cause he was afraid of becoming paralysed. He was diagnosed with a tumour near the spine and had been told that paralysis was possible. Although he...

  • Do minorities really rule?

    Do minorities really rule?

    Last Monday, I had the pleasure to meet Randy Berry, the US State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. He has been in his post since April and was visiting Malta as part of his mission to support LGBTIQ...

  • Pope speaks to us too

    With his encyclical Laudato S On care for our common home, Pope Francis has entered the fray not just on the environment and its future but also, more broadly, on the ethics and impact of dominant models of economic development and extreme...

  • Round and round in circles

    I welcome the environmental aspect to the American University of Malta debate. Yet, at this point I would like to say something about the educational aspect because, as I see it, there is a possibility that this project might have a negative...

  • Don’t kill the golden goose

    Last Saturday’s popular demonstration was a watershed moment for environmental awareness in Malta. A crowd of people with one common sentiment, irrespective of any partisan sentiments, met in Valletta and strongly expressed their objection to...

  • Labour is not reading signs of the times

    If, as Joseph Muscat is saying, there are “common sense” solutions to the problem his government has created when it proposed to allow the building of a university on virgin land at Żonqor, did he not explore these “solutions” earlier? The obvious...

  • Pope’s new Middle Ages

    Pope’s new Middle Ages

    For once, we have a churchman who accuses the secular world of dragging us all back to the Middle Ages. For a certain kind of modernist (the groan-inducing kind), to accuse the Catholic Church of medievalism is a tired gambit. But it’s refreshing...

  • Student games and Mers virus

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), a lethal respiratory condition that has hit South Korea, has been described by the World Health Organisation as “large and complex”. WHO says more cases are anticipated. The first case of Mers in South...

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