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Raw deal for service pensioners

The only recom­mendation about a service pension proposed by the Pensions Strategy Group was about the €200 deducted on a yearly basis from the original amount of service pension, which is abated from the social security pension. The PSG embarked...

  • Why make all this fuss?

    Why make all this fuss?

    At first glance, the results of the general election in the United Kingdom last month may appear to threaten the future of the UK as a member of the European Union. Practically all the pre-electoral polls predicted a hung Parliament. However,...

  • Tomorrow’s healthy children

    Childhood obesity is one of the most critical Maltese health issues. In 2010, Malta had among the worst child obesity rates in Europe. Moreover, according to research conducted in 2013, Maltese kids were the second most overweight and obese in...

  • Becoming a university

    Becoming a university

    As it happens, I wasn’t a signatory to the recent letter, signed by many academics, expressing concern that the recent changes to the university accreditation process will lower standards. My eyebrows shot up, nonetheless, when Martin Scicluna,...

  • Europe where necessary

    Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by making the EU more democratic and far better equipped to help deliver the growth and jobs its...

  • Two great public servants

    Two great public servants

    Two great public servants passed away recently within days of each other. Both gentlemen were in their 90s. One, Maurice de Giorgio, who had been a successful businessman before devoting the last 23 years of his life to the cause of Malta’s rich...

  • Gov., gaffe, Gaffarena

    Gov., gaffe, Gaffarena

    Some guys have all the luck, don’t they? For just half a property in Valletta, one lucky chap has pocketed around €1.6 million in cash and properties in Ta’ Kandja, White Rocks, Żebbuġ, Ħandaq and Sliema. And that’s a conservative estimate because...

  • Libya intervention is wrong

    EU foreign ministers have taken steps to launch a military campaign in Libya to eliminate human trafficking into Europe. This military adventure will further destabilise Libya without helping the refugees and breach the Maltese constitutional...

  • University accreditation

    The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is an independent body under the Education Act. One of its functions is to accredit educational entities, including prospective universities. Much has been made about the submission...

  • The ODZ social pact

    A socio-political satire by Wayne Flask, Sibna ż-Żejt, was recently performed at the Manoel Theatre. The audience was entertained by the situations in a concrete-laden dystopia in Malta, in the year 2036. Oil is found under the Addolorata...

  • Horrors of ageing (2)

    Horrors of ageing (2)

    Tessie’s* first night in the residential home for older people was a disturbed one. Not long after midnight she was awakened by her neighbour’s gasping sobs and cries. Poor Cettina was suffering an asthmatic attack and needed urgent caring...

  • Is Islamic State winning the war?

    Is Islamic State winning the war?

    Ministers from 24 countries forming part of the anti-Islamic State coalition met in Paris last Monday and Tuesday in the aftermath of worrying major losses to the jihadist movement in both Syria (Palmyra) and Iraq (Ramadi). Although US Deputy...

  • Not quite in the national interest

    This will be a boring column. Workers’ rights are so passé, so yesterday, so out. Suffice it to quote the Prime Minister’s tweet on May 1 of this year: “On Workers’ Day we are putting forward two projects for the south: a new educational venture...

  • Universities: we do mind quality

    Almost 19 years ago, I was education minister at a time when a number of English teaching school operators came forward to say how worried they were that new operators would be opening low-quality schools that wouldn’t qualify as serious...

  • Houston, the problem grows

    On the Apollo 13 space flight in 1970, the astronauts said: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”. They almost did not make it back to Earth. A combination of human and technical errors formed a series of events with disastrous effects. Problems...

  • University of Malta battle déjà vu

    Let’s be honest. Education was never the forte of the Maltese Labour Party and the University seems to be its Achilles heel. A long history of controversies, most of them needless, characterised various Labour-led governments, particularly in the...

  • A panic station nation

    You know that an issue has rocketed up to the top of the national agenda when it gets featured on Xarabank. After editions of the programme have been dedicated to the militant threat of Islamic State, the threat to Żonqor Point, the obligatory one...

  • 2 tweet or not 2 tweet

    The substance of Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s tweet expressing concern at the destruction of virgin land at Żonqor to build a ‘university’ as proposed by a Jordanian developer is very similar to the position taken in public by Godfrey Farrugia,...

  • Curtains insult to art and inmates

    Curtains insult to art and inmates

    There is nothing indicating that the curtain exhibition at the Parliament foyer features work of inmates and that the aim of the installation is to promote social inclusion of prisoners. There is no sign outside and there is no form of explanation...

  • A Labour of love... Blogpost 27...

    Whisper it if you dare, but just recently some aspects of our local media (and I bet you don’t need telling who) have been implying... just implying mind... that possibly – and I stress the word possibly – some of the sheen on our charismatic and...

  • A head made of granite

    A head made of granite

    Speakers of Maltese will notice that my headline is a direct translation of the time-honoured epithet directed to those of a stubborn disposition. I asked those more erudite than me whether I’m right, to try to be sure that ras taż-żonqor (RtŻ...

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