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  • Respect for pro-environment lobby

    Joseph Muscat has now confirmed that his government plans to allow part of the new university to be built at Żonqor Point, in Marsascala. In doing so he has gone against the sentiments of all those who participated in the largest pro-environment...

  • Crazy apple, zest of lemon

    Crazy apple, zest of lemon

    Tick. Tock. Time is always moving, even when we fantasise that we’ve escaped to a place where it has stopped. Time doesn’t stand still in our mouths, either. Each bite of food we take during our mid-August holiday – chopped tomatoes or oranges on...

  • Identity crises in politics

    Who am I? What do I stand for? What do I want from life? These are fundamental questions in our life journey. To reach a level of maturity, one needs to ask and work tirelessly to attain a convincing reply. In the absence of any significant...

  • Need for ICT professionals

    There is a clear need for ICT professionals to supplement their academic education through continuing professional development that focuses on a selection of current and emerging software technologies and tools. The demand for experts in...

  • Meet the team

    Meet the team

    I woke up before the sparrows again today, so I thought I might take the opportunity to introduce our dynamic team to our readers. I should perhaps start with myself, principal of the Helen O'Grady Academy in Malta and president of the Drama...

  • Fireworks: a public good?

    One of the hottest controversies among economists remains what constitutes a ‘public good’. During the 1960s Paul Samuelson described it as one that everyone can consume without diminishing the consumption of anyone else, and impossible to exclude...

  • Renewable energy road map

    Thirty months since winning the election, the government has at last produced a renewable energy road map. It certainly cannot be accused of acting hastily. Malta has been set a target by the European Union to meet 10 per cent of its energy...

  • Artistic censorship reforms

    In his opinion piece ‘Civil right to objectify women’ (July 27) on the proposed reform to obscenity laws, Kevin Aquilina seems to erroneously imply that the primary purpose of the legislation is to lay the foundations for an international porn...

  • It’s a high fee for a ‘clinic’

    On an appointment at one of the pharmacies at Mosta I was charged €80 for the services of a consultant including a clinic fee. Assuming the going rate of a consultant is €60, the charge for the clinic may be €20. What clinic? That is not a clinic,...

  • EU’s lack of political will

    EU’s lack of political will

    The spring Eurobarometer survey showed that over 80 per cent of Maltese were feeling well content with the country’s economic situation. Despite the government’s abysmal recent record on the environment and its involvement – whether wittingly or...

  • Erdogan’s dilemma

    Before the Syrian war erupted four years ago, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK, an extreme nationalist group that has a long history of committing acts of terrorism against Turkish citizens, enjoyed the active support of the Assad...

  • Vilification of Benedict

    Vilification of Benedict

    Under the guise of analysing the current situation in the Vatican, from his privileged perch in The Times of Malta, Martin Scicluna takes the opportunity to denigrate Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and portray the history of the papacy as one of...

  • Tourist’s love at first sight

    Tourist’s love at first sight

    We had the good fortune of experiencing the Maltese way of life for the past two weeks and I hardly think I have the right words to describe what I feel. We adore the country, love the people and marvelled at its ancient history, rich culture and...

  • Sports clubs held hostage

    A few weeks ago, Anthony Chircop, former president of the Malta Amateur Athletic Association, wrote an article entitled ‘A brighter future for Sports’, dealing with proposed changes in the legislation governing the transfer of public property to...

  • The streets of Phnom Penh

    The streets of Phnom Penh

    Another day in Phnom Penh and who knows what's in store. Getting to work was quite eventful this morning as we drove through one of the worst roads I've ever been on in my entire life. Unfortunately, as Martina was casually filming from the...

  • Transport of frustration

    An incident involving me with Transport Malta is the last straw. From day one, my tallinja card has proved to be nothing but problems, trouble and sheer frustration! Not to mention that my personal experience was a whole rip-off! Although fully...

  • Shareholders’ right to equal treatment

    When, in line with good governance, it is the norm for a listed company to treat shareholders equally and fairly, small shareholders in Bank of Valletta who are not members of the Association of Small Shareholders are justified in feeling they are...

  • Lord, when did we see you homeless?

    Lord, when did we see you homeless?

    A few months ago, Pope Francis came up with the idea that the Vatican provides a free service to the barboni, namely those people living on the streets of Rome without any shelter and deprived of the bare necessities. These barboni do not have...

  • Connecting the power dots

    Power cuts happen. They always have and they always will. If anyone believed that electricity interruptions were going to stop because of a new government, they were being naive. Of course it doesn’t help that as part of their election tactics the...

  • Beautiful fireworks but terrible noise

    I would like pose a hypothetical question and enquire about any laws in place that regulate noise pollution and whether these are currently being enforced. The other evening we had a lovely fireworks display pertaining to the Lija feast. The skill...

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