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Gendered mobility: what future?

We would like to share some insights of a paper that we recently presented at an international conference held in Paris entitled ‘Women’s Issues in Transportation’. Many assumptions are made in transport planning with regard to travel patterns,...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    As I write this I have just woken up to the news that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, a genuine cult hit if ever there was one, is to be given the teleseries treatment. After a similar deal with HBO had bombed, Starz have taken up the challenge.

  • The First Kiss

    The First Kiss

    I was watching the Belgium vs USA game, when at half time, a man walking in a pristine unused kitchen with a decor screaming of Pippa Toledo came on telly. He told us viewers that he had sold his “other” flat and wanted to invest his money. “Call...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 16...

    Oh yessss! Yesss! Yesss! Is there no end to our charismatic and lovable (c & l) leader Jo-zeff’s triumphs? Not content with sweeping to power in last year’s watershed general election, he has now gone one better and battered the Opposition into...

  • Ranking well, are we?

    Ranking well, are we?

    I’m no statistician. In fact, numbers make my teeth vibrate and my brain hurt, to the extent that I am never allowed to work out the bill or divvy up the proceeds of any venture as I have to do it at least three times and get a different answer,...

  • Can EU be relevant again?

    So Jean-Claude Juncker has been chosen to lead the European Commission. And David Cameron has been shot down in flames. Last week’s European summit was overshadowed by Cameron’s desperate battle to prevent Juncker from being appointed. As was...

  • For us, small is big

    For us, small is big

    There is no doubt that Malta and Gozo are islands of unparalleled beauty. Each year, over a million and a half visitors from around the world, or four times our population, discover a treasure trove of natural and man-made wonders. They marvel at...

  • The truth about Gozo

    The truth about Gozo

    Lino Debono writes about Gozo and the need to boost its economy. Fair enough. Everyone agrees that Gozo has its special needs. However, if Debono is going to write about Gozo, he needs to state facts if he wishes to be credible. He speaks as...

  • Real value of human life

    I read with great interest, yet with some trepidation, the article reporting the news from Gift of Life on Malta’s almost unique position as a country which, as a whole (if the majority is to be accepted as such), respects human life from the...

  • The police chief should go

    Peter Paul Zammit’s style of decision making has failed to impress. His appointment as police commissioner was mired in controversy from day one. The appointment was among Joseph Muscat’s first decisions as Prime Minister, an appointment that...

  • No life without jihad

    No life without jihad

    An Islamic caliphate has been declared in Iraq and the Levant. The jihadist group, a breakaway from al-Qaeda, is usually called ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), although it claims for itself territories that stretch to Cyprus, Turkey and,...

  • Beyond ‘concrete’ plans

    Less than a year and a half ago the Labour Party had solemnly promised to the electorate that once voted into government it would hit the ground running. Much pomp was made of an erstwhile roadmap that supposedly mapped out a clear vision for the...

  • Diving rules need attention

    Diving rules need attention

    As a Padi instructor for more than 13 years and a diver since I was aged 16, I cannot fail to express my opinion on what is happening in the diving industry. Over the past years, we witnessed a bigger number of diving accidents. One reason is,...

  • The voice of the Church

    The voice of the Church

    The Archbishop recently expressed concern about the Maltese Church’s difficulties in getting its voice heard. “We do not want any privileges or an advantage,” he said “buta right everyone has and which is a basic principle of democracy”. Although...

  • The path to destruction

    The period for the public to submit comments to Government for the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development closed on June 20. The document called SPED, the new Structure Plan for Malta for the next decade, was available on Mepa’s website...

  • There’s no honour in killing

    There’s no honour in killing

    The world today presents a horrific scenario of crime, violence, killing and a determined attempt to destroy the very pillars of social order that sustain peace, tolerance, harmony and human dignity. The lives of millions of people around the...

  • One less bill to worry about

    Today marks a significant milestone for Europe. Today, the 751 members of the European Parliament from 28 member states, are meeting in Strasbourg to be formally instated as the representatives of the people of Europe in the eighth legislature of...

  • More little brothers, please

    More little brothers, please

    That man from Qormi, John Dalli, was in court last week giving us another colourful account of his conspiracy theories. No, this time it wasn’t the EU conspiracy that saw his hasty exit in disgrace from the Commission but a more local one harking...

  • Civil service reform journey

    The public service is again under scrutiny. Despite all the reforms introduced in the last two and a half decades, it is accused of being excessively bureaucratic and not sufficiently citizen-focused. The Nationalist Party’s report on the...

  • It must be Argentina

    It must be Argentina

    As football fever grips our island while top world teams lock horns in Brazil for fame and glory, boosted by excessive financial rewards, we realise that football is not just a game: its potential as a socialising power for players and genuine...

  • Curb the backscratching

    Some attempt to control the financial outlay on politics has long been in the making. Ever since I can remember, the need to curb the influence of money on politics has been a political issue at party level, particularly when the proposing party...

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