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Opinion

  • Myths on rent regulation

    The recent NSO survey on rent prices has confirmed a phenomenon that had already been perceived by many. A sudden surge in demand for rental properties, which led to a vertiginous upswing in the asking prices of rents, has exposed the perils of an...

  • Truth about morning after pill

    Embryonic life starts after the male sperm fertilises the female egg or ovum to form a zygote. Everyone who has some common sense knows this. Sperm transport through the cervix is affected by endocrine, immunological and psychological factors.

  • Keep your eyes on the umbrella…

    “Can I have your attention please, cruise liner passengers? Thank you. Now then, my name is Mary Grace and I will be your guide for this tour of the culturally important sites here in Malta’s second city… Sliema… oh and St Julian’s, including...

  • The accepted ‘art of dying’

    I agree and disagree on some points raised by martin scicluna in his interesting article ‘last human right’ (Times of Malta, august 10). I think that, although a lot is being written about euthanasia and the heartbreaking appeal by two suffering...

  • Killers on our roads

    Killers on our roads

    News of injuries and fatalities caused by road accidents is regularly making the headlines. Our roads are congested beyond belief and, with every day that passes, news portals continue to share with us the tragedies taking place on a regular basis.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Problems Labour must tackle

    That the Labour government is a government that delivers is borne out by the facts. Indeed, 75 per cent of Labour’s electoral programme has either already been implemented or is in the process of being implemented. This having been said, one must...

  • Barbarians at the gates

    Barbarians at the gates

    Ten years ago, Malta was victim to a reckless decision by the then Nationalist government to extend the construction development zones. It was a political act of calculated vandalism introduced to meet the demands of greedy developers and to win...

  • Upholding the truth

    Unfortunately, there could be a massive difference between being elected democratically and behaving democratically once in office. One of the more important hallmarks of an active democracy is whether the institutions there to safeguard its...

  • Of tarmacs and rubbers

    I have seen recent reports about an attempt to improve the skid-resistance of a ‘tarmac’ surfacing in a particular area, which has resulted in making it more slippery. As I do not know the area in question or the methodology adopted, I cannot...

  • Unpleasant social impact

    The editorial ‘Concerns hit low-income earners’ (August 2) triggered the members of the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations to raise some points and grievances that affect pensioners’ income and purchasing power. It was pointed out to the...

  • Responding to hate

    Responding to hate

    Among all human emotions, hate is among the most powerful. It can easily bring out our worst with great harm to others. The two world wars, the Holocaust, the apartheid system in South Africa, genocidal massacres such as those in Rwanda, Bosnia,...

  • Guidelines on MAP

    The debate in respect of the licensing of the morning-after pill has many facets and should be guided by scientific findings, ethical considerations and full respect for human rights. The issue has sometimes been presented as a tussle between...

  • The kindness of strangers

    I am an Irishman who retired in Malta five years ago after many years in international education abroad. I live in Marsascala. A friend of mine recently accused me of being the eternal pessimist. In so many ways, he may be right. As a retired...

  • Maltese elderly Down Under

    A wave of excitement engulfs the Maltese community in Australia each time prominent Maltese decide to cross the seas to be among us. It was, therefore, no wonder that President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s recent visit was not only a huge success...

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