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Opinion

  • Build like there’s no tomorrow

    Sliema has been a construction site for years but the present situation is unprecedented in scale, with construction taking place literally on every corner. The two towers planned for the Tigné area are to be viewed in this context. I have tried...

  • One way to beat traffic

    With the finer weather approaching and the Kappara project set to send traffic congestion to new highs, the Bicycle Advocacy Group have the following advice for those who opt to switch to a bicycle to beat the traffic. Even if your trip is just a...

  • Archbishop’s true father

    Bishops, both Catholic and Anglican, are not immune to sensational stories. The latest is that of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a priest who is blessed with grace, charisma and spirituality. The archbishop is very close to both Pope...

  • Adopting equality as way of life

    I am a firm believer that no person should be treated as a second-class citizen. Additionally, I believe that the State is duty bound to remove any barriers that may lead to unequal treatment or hinder the attainment of substantive equality. It is...

  • Cohabitation Bill flaws

    Cohabitation Bill flaws

    The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties has recently published a Bill to regulate cohabitation. Each person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and it is therefore the legislator’s duty to cater for the...

  • Diversity at the workplace

    “A colleague told me he respected me but thought I was abnormal... in a few words, my sexual orientation was against nature in his opinion.” This is the experience of a 28-year-old lesbian woman from Italy who was quoted in a 2012 survey conducted...

  • Radiating joy, hope and love

    Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia, and Transphobia and, in many parts of the world, there are prayer vigils being held in honour of victims who were brutally murdered or suffered violence and hate, at times even from members...

  • The government we deserve

    Unlike John Consiglio (‘Confusing issues’, May 3), unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of dwelling in the ivory towers of academia and professional consultancy but instead chose to apply myself to the real world of the hard unrelenting...

  • Strengths of civil society

    In the past days, some columnists in different newspapers suggested that civil society in Malta is very weak. I disagree. My premise is simple: in Malta, civil society is effective when it has clear party political support. Civil society exists in...

  • Equality and the workplace

    Equality and the workplace

    A serious and successful effort to remove discrimination in the world of work, against women, gays, persons with a disability and other disadvantaged persons, was long in coming. Thanks to the persistence of women, gay and disabled rights...

  • What was that 7D coat all about?

    What was that 7D coat all about?

    Last Christmas my daughter got a doll for a present. Par for the course you might think. But this doll is a Makie. Which means that my daughter went online with her aunty, designed the doll from scratch, creating exactly what she wanted it to look...

  • In support of the billboard manifesto

    The war on billboards has begun. A month ago a legal notice was published that introduced tighter enforcement and higher fines for the illegal variety. The new legislation targets both fixed billboards and the parked trucks that are often used to...

  • Arbiter: solution or problem?

    Act XVI of 2016, which is now in effect, has paved the way for the creation of the Office of the Arbiter for Financial Services. From a consumer protection point of view, this should be a good thing. This was a Labour electoral promise and a...

  • It’s the integrity, stupid

    Stories like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book imagine a child growing up outside a human community. The child does not learn how to behave in human society, how to talk, dress or eat. Essentially, it cannot access the vast storehouse of human...

  • Gravesite for sore eyes

    I could so easily write a scathing piece about the ill-conceived logistics of exam administration, and how absolutely ridiculous it is to have to drive your son or daughter to an O level in the south of Malta when you live in the north. Wouldn’t...

  • Onshore treasure islands

    Following the latest round of revelations made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, there’s been a discernible toning down of the calls for resignations and general banishment of persons who have interests in offshore...

  • Good Catholics do meddle

    As was to be expected, the publication of the second tranche of the Panama Papers was followed by a lot of huffing, puffing and spinning in an attempt to divert the attention from the two-headed albatross hanging around the Prime Minister’s...

  • An alien’s guide to spik it de Maltglish…

    Ostensibly here in Malta we have two official languages: Maltese and English; but we all know that that’s not really the case. We actually have three languages or patois, the afore-mentioned two plus… Maltglish. This is both a hybrid mix of...

  • The two national scourges

    The global prevalence of type 2 diabetes has quadrupled over the past 25 years. The factors driving this dramatic rise are our modern physically-inactive,  sedentary behaviour  and associated obesity. The prevalence of diabetes in Malta is very...

  • Planning the future

    Robert Musumeci The demerger of the former Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) took place on April 4 after Parliament legislated to that effect in December 2015. Primarily, Mepa’s demerger must be seen in the context of Labour’s pledge...

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