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  • The chore wars

    The chore wars

    Housework does not come natural to man. By man, I mean mankind. Let’s face it, in the prehistoric era there were no houses with an upstairs and downstairs, no living rooms, washrooms and kitchens. No one could really complain about a mess in the...

  • No respite for Syria’s war

    No respite for Syria’s war

    Not even the most optimistic observers actually believed that the Syrian ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia could survive longer than a few days. Sadly, they were proved right. Barely a week after the truce took effect an airstrike – almost...

  • We won the bet on manufacturing

    We won the bet on manufacturing

    On November 10, 2005, the then Minister for Investment shook the whole country when he stated that he was ready and willing to make a bet against the future of the manufacturing sector in Malta. This was indeed a sad chapter for the whole...

  • Our traffic frustration app

    So the President of the Malta Development Association Sandro Chetcuti looked up from between the three-metre high stack of approved planning permits on his desk and realised that not all was well in his world. He realised that the apartment-shaped...

  • A little man in a little booth

    Last Sunday little men (and little women) walked into the little booths in Berlin and Russia with their little pencil to mark a little bit of paper. The significance of the results directly impacts Berlin and Russia but also influences Europe,...

  • Worst is better than the best

    The term ‘culture shock’ is not as innocent or benign as it may seem. At face value it simply means the experience of coming to terms with difference. In practice, however, it is generally used to describe the kind of feelings that are experienced...

  • Waiting for the tanker

    The long-awaited gas storage tanker for Delimara is on its way from Singapore, now crossing the oceans heading for Maltese shores. While a switch to gas from heavy fuel oil is positive, the government is fully aware how unpopular this tanker is...

  • Kids on the political menu?

    Our 12-year old some time ago asked: “Why does Trump want to build a wall? And what’s this thing about Panama?” I did not change the subject. I happen to think that parents should discuss politics with their kids. Now, I don’t mean gloating over...

  • Bishop Romero must die!

    Bishop Romero must die!

    On March 24, 1980, Oscar Romero, the Bishop of San Salvador, was murdered in front of his congre­gation while celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. He had been warned but recklessly persisted in criticising the...

  • Everybody… Let’s all singalong-a-Dom…

    By the time you read this I expect the fact that some bright sparks have decided to put on a musical based on the life of our erstwhile capo Dom Mintoff will be old news. Nonetheless it got me thinking. I mean, a musical? These are normally jolly...

  • Invest in research, invest in Malta – we deserve it

    Invest in research, invest in Malta – we deserve it

    There is a thirst for science in Malta. Tens of thousands of people descend on Valletta during the annual Science in the City festival organised partly by the Malta Chamber of Scientists. Any local funding made available for supporting research is...

  • Why EU defence research matters

    Research matters. Let’s take one example: Galileo. In 2003 the European Union and European Space Agency agreed to launch this ambitious project. Inspired by the genius of one of Europe’s finest thinkers, Galileo aimed not only to propel Europe to...

  • All eyes on the road

    James Piscopo, Chairman & CEO of Transport Malta School start reignites the fiery debate about traffic congestion. Every year during September and October, traffic patterns change abruptly. There are various known factors of what contributes to...

  • Risks of investments

    In an article in the Times of Malta (September 13), Mark Vella writes on the reinvestment risks of bond/fixed-income investments. He goes on to say that reinvestment risk is often disregarded, or rather not given its due importance by investors...

  • Playing a dangerous game

    The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said in a statement. Konashenkov said if it had been an air...

  • Midi’s contractual obligations

    Midi’s contractual obligations

    Much has been made of Midi taking over Manoel Island, to the exclusion of the public. The government issued a call for expressions of interest in 1992 for the development of Tignè Point and Manoel Island. Midi was selected as the preferred bidder.

  • Too little to succeed

    Too little to succeed

    A step in the right direction is always commendable. The White Paper on mediation is to this effect laudable. Having said this, the document is anything but far reaching, revolutionary or ‘a comprehensive updating of Maltese mediation law’ as the...

  • Times are a changing

    Independent and truly public broadcasting is under attack. The popular discussion programme Times Talk presented by Times of Malta’s online editor Herman Grech and former head of news  Mark Micallef has been axed as was the cultural programme...

  • Another European army?

    Europe has been going through a difficult time lately. The UK’s looming exit from the European Union has left many in Brussels feeling lost – they are used to having countries knocking on the door, not making their way to the exit. European...

  • Criteria for good governance

    Philosophy has, since ancient times, tried to find a way of defining and expressing the fundamental aspirations of the human heart. The classical list of the values to which humanity aspires in its search for meaning beyond daily reality – the...

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