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Opinion

  • On the road to excellence?

    It is pointless talking about ‘excellence’ in various sectors of the economy, or discussing the establishment of six-star hotels and attracting high net worth individuals when the roads we have are in the dire state they are. The criteria for...

  • Changing identity matters

    Islamic State militants have bulldozed the ancient site of Nimrud in Iraq. They also attacked Hatra, another World Heritage site, and destroyed artefacts in the museum in Mosul. IS has released propaganda footage showing antique statues being...

  • Missing court documents – a reality

    Michela Spiteri (‘Favouring the law’s delay’, The Sunday Times of Malta, March 22) hit the nail on the head when proposing ‘cosmetic changes’ in court procedures. I refer to her proposal that the original court file should never leave the judge’s...

  • Leave them kids alone

    It’s a funny old world. Back in 1979, rock band Pink Floyd was telling teachers to “leave them kids alone”. Their greatest hit Another Brick in the Wall was a protest against a rigid educational system that churned out conformist individuals...

  • ‘A battle going on’ in the Church

    A friend of mine knowledgeable in matters of history told me that during the Council of Trent, discussions sometimes became so intense that they developed into a scuffle or two. Similar and worse stories abound about the Christological...

  • How often do you change your jeans?

    How often do you change your jeans?

    I have nine pairs of blue jeans. I just counted them now. Somehow though, I’m always wearing the same one. But after I read an interview with Sandy Powell, the Oscar-winning costume designer, I no longer have hang-ups about it. Powell told the...

  • Giving power to the people

    Interview room number four at Police HQ, Floriana: Present: Detective Superintendent Martin Carachi Montebello, Constable Jesmond Decleppo Paris, Dr George Sciberras Degabrielle LLD, Mr Gianni Merceica Plonk. Interrogation of Mr Merceica Plonk, in...

  • More CCTV cameras needed

    With the dramatic security environment chan­­ging around the Mediterranean littoral, it is inevitable that organised crime will increase in Malta. Running in parallel with potential terrorism activity and strikes, there need to be countermeasures...

  • Who will they vote for?

    Who will they vote for?

    And there you were, thinking that you were rid of me, this Saturday, because today is polling day and our law assumes that you’re so susceptible to my blandishments that if I were to tell you to vote for Bloggs, Joe of the Raving Loony Party,...

  • A word of difference

    A word of difference

    I have always believed that terminology can have a huge impact on the way we treat others but it also reflects our knowledge (or lack of it) in a particular field. This becomes even more evident when we tackle vulnerable sectors such as the area...

  • New Malta-China Silk Road

    Over 2,000 years ago, the ancient Silk Road was explored and opened for the people of Eurasia. Since then, this road has contributed greatly to the prosperity and development of the countries along its routes both on sea and on land. It has played...

  • When depression strikes

    When depression strikes

    When faced with ad-verse or catastrophic events, such as the Germanwings tragedy, we naturally ask the why questions and tend to jump to oversimplistic conclusions and unreasonable generalisations. Indeed, this is a defence mechanism to help us...

  • The Maltese diaspora

    The government of Malta never forgot the many thousands of Maltese who left the islands’ shores to seek work in other countries around the world. The exodus was so huge that in countries like Australia, Canada and America another Malta was...

  • Stem cell therapy benefits

    For centuries, farmers have selectively bred animals and plants in order to produce hybrids without understanding the mechanism of inheritance. Then, in the 1800s, Gregor Mendel, a European monk and a plant breeder, concluded that certain plant...

  • Rebuilding a reputation

    Watching hundreds of visitors queue to visit the Marsa Power Station on a Sunday afternoon rekindled a forgotten sense of pride among Enemalta employees. During the recent open weekend at the plant, personnel eagerly gave the public a glimpse of...

  • Hunting: why I switched

    Hunting: why I switched

    Until not too long ago, I was the hunting lobby’s dream voter. I enjoy pausing for a few minutes just to listen to the birds singing in my garden. I can sit down on a stone step and stare, mesmerised, at a resting bird, no matter how commonplace...

  • ‘No’ is the only way to go

    Because our laws are still stuck in the days of yore, when it was presumed that a glance at the papers would send you to the polling booths in something approaching a daze, pencil poised to vote in the way I tell you, this week’s column is coming...

  • More funds for councils, please

    When the thousands of Swieqi, Ta’ l-Ibraġ and Madliena residents go to vote on Saturday to elect their new local council they will take with them their expectations, their disappointments and, hopefully, also some satisfaction. With their vote,...

  • Last electoral appointment

    The campaign is almost over and, on Saturday, we will head to the polling stations for the last time this legislature. As has become the practice, both the referendum and the local elections campaigns were civil and no incidents were reported.

  • Public dishonour, sleaze

    Public dishonour, sleaze

    When I was privileged to work for prime ministers Eddie Fenech Adami and Alfred Sant between 1996 and 1999, I absolutely refused to accept the allegations that many ministers then in politics were not only on the make but also on the take. It has...

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