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  • Proper institutional behaviour

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Malta reluctant to hire people with disabilities’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) is a firm believer in supported employment; in fact, its own...

  • Editorial: Sanctioning illegal development

    The recent publication of two public consultation documents on land use and environment protection have rightly raised eyebrows. The first document, ‘Strategic Plan for Environment and Development’, (Sped) is set to replace the 137-page, detailed...

  • Thoughts for Holy Week

    During his last general audience Pope Benedict XVI said: “I will not abandon the Cross, but will stay in a new way near Christ crucified. I will not hold any more the office to govern the Church, but in the service of prayer”. When Benedict XVI...

  • Democracy: who guards it?

    A lot has been said about George Abela’s refusal to sign the Civil Unions Bill. I am not comfortable with the discussion about the President not being able to ‘veto’ a Bill because he or she is not democratically elected. While I understand that...

  • Malta’s Michelangelo

    Recent correspondence regarding sculptor Antonio Sciortino refers to a monument by him in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev’s current presence in the headlines led me to follow up this clue. I have found on the web information that Sciortino won a competition...

  • Omission from list

    I refer to the article ‘Major Cabinet overhaul comes three days early’ and the subsequent list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). For some reason, Michael Farrugia, who was promoted to Minister for...

  • Remembering World War I

    On January 26 an article in The Sunday Times of Malta stated that there were no plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I in Malta. Since March 7, the Maltese Ambassador in Belgium laid a poppy wreath at the Ploegsteert Memorial...

  • Our beautiful countryside

    Our magnificent countryside offers a stupendous picture of variegated colours throughout the different phases of the year, interspersed with the ubiquitous rubble walls infusing local character to the scene. At the moment, it looks a stunning riot...

  • Will Hollande turn to the right?

    France’s governing Socialists suffered big losses in last week’s second round of voting in local elections, with the Opposition centre-right UMP claiming victory and the far-right National Front (worryingly) making gains. The UMP captured a number...

  • Pastizzi and the EU superstate

    On Tuesday morning I received a text message from a fine wit with a bipolar love-hatred of this island. That makes her a kindred spirit, on the second count. It read, “ara veru pastizzi n-nies” (‘people are such pastizzi’). Lest she be accused of...

  • Shuffles within a Cabinet reshuffle

    Those who follow the Prime Minister’s ven­­tures know he is not one for improvising. He plans and acts, even speaks, according to a pre-determined script. At times, however, life – especially within the political arena – has a habit of forcing a...

  • Political climate warming up

    I wouldn’t call it exactly a sea change and I do not know how long it will last. But there is discernible warming up in the spring political climate between the two major political parties. After a year, during which fangs were drawn and they were...

  • A tale of two ministries

    When the Labour Party rose to power in March 2013, after beating the Nationalist party by some 37,000 votes, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stood before the country and promised a brighter future for all – both the enthralled and the disenchanted.

  • Patience will get you permits

    Giovanni Bonello – renowned human rights lawyer and constitutional ex-pert. Legal counsel in most of the cases regarding the breach of fundamental human rights in the 1980s. Lover of the arts and an author of several books about history. Acclaimed...

  • Avoiding the short cut to chaos

    I have rarely, if ever, written twice in a row about closely-related subjects. I feel that this time round I have to make an exception of sorts. For the second consecutive week I write about the now President Emeritus George Abela. This time in...

  • Urban design and health

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently expressed concern on the risk that obesity is becoming the new norm in Europe. An earlier World Health Organisation study concluded that the urban environment is responsible for 14 per cent of health...

  • Islanders

  • Out of the box

    Following a television serial for 10 years, give or take, is no joke. The characters sort of wind up becoming your friends, and the weekly appointment with their shenanigans is a bit like catching up with your BFFs over coffee. This sort of...

  • Nalizpelra

  • That vulnerable Xarabank panel

    Some time last year I got a call from the Xarabank team, inviting me to be part of the panel on their Friday night programme. I gulped in response. Before I got the chance to put a word in, I was told by the very cheery Xarabank-team man that I...

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