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  • Syrian children and American puppies

    Syrian children and American puppies

    Another photo of another boy victim of war grabbed the world's attention. It shocked all those who saw it and drove many to tears.The video footage showed little Omran Daqneesh shell-shocked, covered in dust, his face red with blood. He had just...

  • Victim Shaming 101

    Victim Shaming 101

    The Salott on Facebook – it has a lot to answer for. Free speech is all very well and good, but it does prompt all the ugly lice to crawl out of the woodwork.  One particular post managed to combine a heavy dose of misogyny, prejudice and...

  • Malta’s burgeoning rental market

    Malta’s property market is often described as non-transparent by international financial investors. The main reason is that both the movements in prices in the sale of property and the cost of renting are based on defective indexes. A recent...

  • An undesirable mammoth

    I fear that the high-rise debate in Malta is polarising people to such an extent that the argument is losing much of its objectivity. Taking the Townsquare project in particular, it seems it is either the essential future of Malta or a pointless...

  • The art of volunteering

    The art of volunteering

    Love them or hate them, the festas held in our towns and villages are but one of the many events organised mainly thanks to the involvement of hundreds of individuals on a voluntary basis. Living in a country where we love to boast about records,...

  • Our own ‘Faulty’ towers

    Our own ‘Faulty’ towers

    Much has been debated and written about the controversial towers that are to be built, in particular the 38-storey Sliema tower. This project was approved by the Planning Authority by the narrowest of margins: one vote. I do not intend to write...

  • Looming danger

    The decision on the proposed gas tank at the Victoria citadel will be made today. Reading the case officer’s report recommending approval, one notes that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, which claimed pride of place for the accolades on...

  • Sewage overflows

    The Water Services Corporation refers to the article entitled ‘Divers in Gozo seemingly still swimming in sewage’ (August 16). This highlighted an ongoing problem being encountered at our sewage treatment plant in Gozo, which is causing untreated...

  • Wishful thinking

    After nearly four years of Labour government, I think it would be an injustice if I, as a Sliema resident, did not put pen to paper to express my deep gratitude to il-gvern li jisma (Labour) for the most lovely period of my life. I think I am also...

  • English football in Maltese

    English football in Maltese

    The Barclays English Premier League Season got underway on August 13. First match of the day, at 1.30pm, saw Hull City play against champions Leicester City. What an exciting match, with Hull winning. Then, on to match two but, unfortunately,...

  • From theocracy to secularism

    I’ve seen Malta transformed from a stifling, priest-ridden theocracy in the 1950s, under the stern and authoritarian Archbishop Michael Gonzi, to a secular State at the beginning of the 21st century, under the current easy-going, ‘bubbly’...

  • Using different yardsticks

    The promises of a zero-tolerance policy on corruption,meritocracy, equal opportunities and transparency formed the platform on which the Labour Party won the general election with a landslide victory in 2013. However, all these promises were...

  • Glowing indicators vs concerns

    Few may have an appetite to go through a pre-Budget document in the sizzling heat of August, more so when the Prime Minister does not let a week go by without trumpeting the progress the country is making on the economic front. Adding to the...

  • Public inconvenience

    It is a shame that in a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen and the site of the most modern house of Parliament that is Valletta not a single public convenience is in sight. This happened to me last Saturday afternoon when I needed to visit a...

  • The best-in-Europe show

    The best-in-Europe show

    It will not be the greatest show on earth – Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has the lock on that. But the European Parliament’s Panama Papers inquiry, meant to begin in September and to last all the way through Malta’s presidency of the EU,...

  • Political rectitude

    The comments attributed to Minister Edward Scicluna in regard to the Panama Papers, involving Minister without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, are very worrying and certainly not befitting a man in...

  • Safe use of medicine

    Safe use of medicine

    The World Health Organisation describes emergency contraception or post-coital contraception as methods of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy in the first five days after sexual intercourse. Emergency contraception is intended to...

  • Mosta square plans

    Mosta square plans

    Talks are taking place on projects involving Mosta Square. Allow me to make some comments. The people of Mosta are rightly worried when they learn about such discussions for various reasons. One is the church. Another is parking, which could mean...

  • Have I got news for you?

    Have I got news for you?

    When I watched John Oliver's 19-minute rant on the doom and gloom facing the newspaper industry, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The TV host joined the dots to outline the way cash-strapped news organisations could inevitably lead to...

  • Not a good week for the premier

    Two pieces in Wednesday's print edition of this media house's output, and some later news, inspired my title. The first piece was Martin Scicluna's full-pager about Sliema and Mrieħel's "newly permitted" carbuncles and how this merits a boycott...

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